MBTA EMPLOYEE ARRESTED, ARRAIGNED IN CONNECTION WITH STEALING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM FARE COLLECTION BOXES
Defendant was Allegedly Stealing Money from the Fare Boxes He was Responsible for Repairing
BOSTON – An employee of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has been arrested and arraigned in connection with stealing more than $80,000 from the agency’s fare collection boxes that he was responsible for repairing, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Stephen P. Fagerberg, age 55, of Dedham, was arrested Tuesday night as a result of a joint operation by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police, and the MBTA Police. As an Automated Fare Technician at the MBTA, Fagerberg is responsible for fixing and repairing fare collection boxes on MBTA buses in South Boston.
Fagerberg was arraigned this morning in Roxbury District Court on one count of the charge of Larceny over $1,200 in a Continuous Scheme. Fagerberg pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on his own personal recognizance with the conditions that he surrender his passport and stay away from MBTA property. A probable cause hearing has been scheduled for August 14 in Roxbury District Court.
The AG’s Office began investigating Fagerberg in April 2018.
Authorities conducted an undercover operation that included planting marked bills in fare collection boxes that Fagerberg serviced. Authorities allege that the defendant deposited the marked bills into his personal bank account via a drive-up ATM.
Fagerberg allegedly stole $80,000 from the MBTA over several months.
This is an ongoing investigation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General David Andrews, Chief of AG Healey’s White Collar and Public Integrity Division. The case is being investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police and the MBTA Police with assistance from Sallyann Nelligan, Director of AG Healey’s Financial Investigations Division.
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