Metro Transit Police have charged a northern Virginia station manager with embezzlement after they say he collected paper fare cards from riders and loaded credit onto SmarTrip cards to resell them.
Forty-four-year-old Kenneth Peters has was suspended after his arrest last week.
Police say Peters allowed riders with insufficient credit on fare cards to leave the subway system without visiting add-fare machines. They say he would save the fare cards and transfer the small amount of credit onto SmarTrip cards "for the purpose of reselling them.'' He allegedly accumulated nearly $500 in credits on the SmarTrip cards.
Authorities began an investigation after the Metro treasury department noticed unusual fare card transactions at the Vienna station.