NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced today that he would begin an extensive investigation into questionable overtime payments and possible fraud at the MTA. Last year, an audit found overtime payments increased by 26 percent from 2005 to 2009; it also uncovered that low-level supervisors were assigning themselves overtime, with lax oversight and a dearth of documentation for overtime claims.
According to the Daily News, "it's expected to be the most thorough review of the transit authority's finances ever." DiNapoli said he would conduct a “forensic” audit of the MTA focusing on “suspicious transactions and practices” identified in the audit. The MTA spent nearly $600 million in overtime last year. "We welcome the controller's assistance as we continue to fulfill our commitment to reduce overtime," said Jeremy Soffin, an MTA spokesman, echoing sentiments from earlier this year. The News believes that the findings of this probe could possibly lead to criminal charges.