A man who got fired from his job kept showing up anyway to collect paychecks as if nothing happened, and got away with it for 4 years.
A subway maintenance man was arrested last week after collecting about $250,000 in wages even though he was fired from his job 6 years ago.
47-year-old Ronald Berry, who didn’t show up to work since 2013, says he had no idea he was fired 6 years ago and insisted he’s been on sick leave since 2015 for 4 years, for high blood pressure and asthma.
According to the MTA, after being fired back in 2013, 2 years later Berry started traveling to a city Transit office every two weeks, showed his ID and was somehow able to get a paycheck, and didn’t have any problems doing so until now.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently realized that something was wrong and notified the authorities. The next time Berry went to pick up his check, he was arrested for trespassing.
Berry told the New York Post:
I never got a call that I was terminated. I’ve been collecting checks for four f*cking years. How am I still collecting checks? It’s a fault on the MTA side.
Berry says he’s confused because he recently received letters from them telling him he needs to go to training:
“If I’m terminated why am I getting letters from them? The last one I got was at the end of last month and I believe it was for asbestos training or track training.”
“Now if they would’ve sent me a termination letter, f*ck going to pick a check up…I’m terminated already, let me file for unemployment.”
When Berry asked his boss how he was still getting paid if he was fired, the boss told him:
‘That’s not my problem, that’s payroll’s problem.’
It’s still unclear how Berry got back on payroll in 2015, 2 years after he was told that he was fired.
Spokesman Tim Minton stated that the MTA is also investigating the matter and:
“anyone who inappropriately took public money will be held accountable to the full extent of the law”
MTA sources stated that the checks Berry picked up noted “Hours worked” though he didn’t actually work, and the checks didn’t mention anything about an illness or disability, which suggests that he wouldn’t have been able to mistake them for sick pay.
MTA sources also state that they’ve started using biometric fingerprint technology for ‘clocking in and clocking out’, which they say would’ve put an end to Berry’s claims sooner.