Report: Feds subpoena pay records of LIRR, NYC Transit workers

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Federal prosecutors subpoenaed the pay records of more than a dozen Long Island Rail Road and New York City Transit employees amid allegations of overtime abuse, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The report comes nearly a month after a state fiscal watchdog group revealed that a now-retired LIRR worker made more than $340,000 in overtime alone last year, in addition to a salary.

The Queens District Attorney's Office and the MTA inspector general are also investigating potential overtime abuse.

LIRR riders who spoke with News 12 say that the right people must be held accountable if the abuse allegations are proven true. But some riders had no problem with people doing their job and making money.

Anthony Simon, head of the SMART union, said in a statement to News 12: "At this time I am not going to speak about ongoing investigations that I have no knowledge of. I have, and our members have said all along we do not and will never condone bad behavior."

John Samuelsen, the international president of the Transport Workers Union, which represents New York City's subway and bus workers, says he's not aware of any investigation.

The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment on whether it subpoenaed the pay records of LIRR workers.

Read more:
Union members lash out at emergency meeting for LIRR OT pay
MTA uses its officers to police excessive LIRR overtime
Watchdog: LIRR worker made over $340K in overtime in 2018

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