MTA workers accused of faking signal inspections

August 21, 2012 3:41:30 AM PDT
Ten Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers have been charged with falsifying subway signal inspection reports in a long-running fraud investigation.

Prosecutors say eight signal maintainers were charged Monday with tampering with public records. Two of their supervisors were charged Friday with record tampering and official misconduct. All have pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say that between January 2009 and December 2010, the signal maintainers made at least 33 fake entries in inspection logbooks. One of the supervisors is accused of urging some maintainers to record a greater number of fake entries while the other is accused of failing to make sure that inspections were performed.

MTA officials say they have taken a number of actions to address the problems cited in the investigation.

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