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Balestra Pleaded Guilty To Overcharging MTA For Overtime & Gets 3 Months Jail, 3 In Home

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 4 – Thomas Caputo was charged with using false overtime to rip off the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and thus, the taxpayers.   

     On August 26 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul A. Engelmayer held a change of plea proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

    Caputo was, for a time, the highest-paid employee of the MTA.

 In 2018 he racked up $461,000, claiming 3,864 hours of overtime.

On January 4, 2022, Judge Engelmayer held the sentencing of co-defendant Joseph Balestra, also with thousands of hours claimed but fraud findings limited by what his phone could prove.

The US Attorney's Office gave plea deal to $16,000, with a guideline of 10 to 16 months.

 Judge Engelmayer reviewed the harm of the crime, the letters for the defendant, and imposed a sentence of three months in jail, to start on March 7, then three months of home confinement with GPS, part of three years of supervised release.

The case is US v. Balestra, 20-cr-645 (Engelmayer)


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