Toll Booth Worker Skims $7,500: Cops

Kicker: It was during his probationary period
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2012 1:40 PM CDT
A Staten Island toll booth worker skimmed $7,500 from tolls
A Staten Island toll booth worker is accused of taking a cut of his own from the tolls.   (Shutterstock)

Toll booth workers can make a decent living, but maybe not this decent. A temporary bridge and tunnel officer at a Staten Island bridge allegedly skimmed $7,500 from tolls paid by drivers, reports the Staten Island Advance. Between January and March, Richard Betancourt, 22, took the $13 toll from drivers of cars but recorded them as motorcycles, which are charged only $5.50, say police.

The snag: Computers monitor the axles of vehicles on the bridge, and officials eventually spotted the discrepancies. "If you're dumb enough as a toll collector that you do this, when they keep computer records of everything, you deserve to get caught," said a law enforcement source. Betancourt was still in his probationary period on the job, but now he's got grand larceny charges to overcome. (Read more toll booth stories.)

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