Guilty pleas ex­pected in Metro cash thefts

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

Two for­mer Metro work­ers ac­cused of steal­ing po­ten­tially hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in coins from fare­card ma­chines are sched­uled to en­ter guilty pleas next week in fed­eral court.

Court records in Alexan­dria show plea hear­ings sched­uled Mon­day for Horace Mc­dade of Bowie and John Haile of Wood­bridge. The two were ar­rested in Jan­uary.

Prose­cu­tors be­gan the in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter get­ting re­ports that Mr. Haile rou­tinely pulled up in a Jaguar to a store in Wood­bridge with $500 bags of coins to buy lot­tery tick­ets. Lot­tery records show Mr. Haile had more than $60,000 in re­portable win­nings since 2008 and bank records show un­ex­plained cash de­posits of more than $150,000.

Sur­veil­lance caught both men hid­ing bags of coins un­der­neath an over­pass, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit.

Calls to their lawyers were not re­turned.

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