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Bus driver caught using paid leave to gamble in Atlantic City

A seasoned New York City bus driver is on the outs with the MTA after the agency’s inspector general discovered him gambling in Atlantic City on 90 occasions while on paid medical or family leave over the course of three years.

During one of his paid absences, the driver, who the IG’s office declined to name, went to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, according to the IG. The driver stole 824 hours of salary worth nearly $25,000 in total, which he agreed to repay after being arrested.

The Bus Operator admitted to the fraud and admitting to having a gambling problem to the OIG. “However, he said that he did not seek therapy until after the OIG approached him for an interview,” according to the IG’s report, which was issued on Thursday.

The anonymous operator is the third MTA employee to be caught gambling in Atlantic City while on paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act this year. Using documents from the Tropicana Resort and Casino, investigators were able to apprehend all three males.

The bus operator, who began working for the MTA in 1996, was suspended in May 2021 as a result of the findings. According to the story, he is now attempting to retire.

“By violating the MTA’s Sick Leave program, this bus operator betrayed the trust of his colleagues and the public,” MTA spokesperson Kayla Shults said in a statement. “The MTA takes this extremely seriously, and the bus driver in question was promptly suspended.”

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