LIRR conductor pocketed train tickets to give to his friends: prosecutors

A Long Island Rail Road conductor was busted for allegedly pocketing the train tickets he collected from customers — to hand out to his friends to reuse or submit for refunds, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Robert Anderson, 61, of West Islip, was arraigned in criminal court Monday on charges of falsifying forms, petit larceny and official misconduct, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said.

Between April 2019 and September 2020, Anderson — an LIRR conductor since 2014 who earned $150,371 last year — allegedly held onto the tickets instead of punching them so he could hand them off unpunched to acquaintances, prosecutors said.

The alleged scheme was uncovered with the help of the office of MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny.

Prosecutors have evidence of eight occasions in 2019 and 2020 when Anderson omitted tickets he’d collected from signed end-of-shift revenue reports, the DA charged.

“This was a clear dereliction of duties by the defendant. Instead of punching the tickets, he pocketed them,” Sini said in a statement.

Anderson faces up to four years in prison. He was released Monday on his own recognizance and is due back in court June 21.

He was suspended without pay following his arrest, transit officials said.

“The LIRR has no tolerance for the conduct that has been alleged and I thank the MTA Inspector General and Suffolk County District Attorney for this thorough investigation,” LIRR president Phil Eng said in a statement.

“These allegations do not represent the high levels of integrity and professionalism of the vast majority of the LIRR’s hard working employees.”

Anderson’s attorney William Wexler declined to comment.

Credit: NYPOST

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