ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Two Metro workers have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in coins from fare machines and using the proceeds to buy massive quantities of instant lottery tickets.
Federal prosecutors alleged Thursday that 58-year-old Horace McDade, of Bowie, and 54-year-old John V. Haile, 54, of Woodbridge, Va., worked as a team to systematically pilfer from the transit agency’s malfunctioning fare machines. McDade is a revenue technician and Haile is a Metro police officer who provided security for the money transports.
The investigation began after a source reported that Haile routinely pulled up in a Jaguar to a store in Woodbridge with $500 bags of coins to buy lottery tickets. Lottery records show Haile won $32,000 in 2011, and that only counts winning tickets of $600 or more.