A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) inspector is now facing tax crimes charges, as prosecutors claim that he lied on state income tax forms. The man was also indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury on several charges of larceny.
The man has denied any wrongdoing. Moreover, the Red Line inspector is still on the job, despite the tax fraud allegations, along with charges that he took some $256,000 from the credit union account of Local 600. MBTA authorities have said that, since the inspector is not charged with a crime against the MBTA and no crime has yet been proven, he is entitled to keep his job. However, the MBTA does reserve the right to review his employment once the Massachusetts court makes a decision regarding the tax crimes and larceny charges.
Reportedly, the accused man was also once treasurer of Local 600, which means that he naturally had access to certain checking accounts and was entitled to reimbursement for expenses. Typically, to prove a crime, the prosecution must show that the accused person had the requisite intent to commit an illegal act. Readers of this blog will have to await the man's response to the allegations in order to better understand the nature of his defense to the charges.
At any rate, it may take some time sort out all the facts of this case. What is certain is that the inspector, like everyone else accused of tax crimes, deserves a strong and meaningful defense in a Massachusetts court. When it comes to complex tax law, it is especially important that accused individuals are afforded the presumption of innocence that protects all people faced with criminal charges.
Source: thebostonchannel.com, "T Inspector On Job Despite Theft, Fraud Charge," Nov. 22, 2011