When Ronald Berry, 47, was fired, he came up with a scheme to put one over on the man. Despite losing his job about six years ago, he came into the office to pick up his paycheck every week for years, claiming that he was on sick leave for asthma and high blood pressure for the last four years. Over that length of time, Berry collected close to $250,000 for doing nothing, and now the New York City Transit worker is under scrutiny for seemingly cheating the system out of a quarter-million dollars.
Because Berry thought that he was on administrative leave for several years, he arrived at the Transit office every other week to collect his check. The person on staff kept giving the check over to Berry with a smile, and it seemed that everything was going along swimmingly.
Recently, things changed. Berry arrived at the transit office for his free check but was not given one. Instead, he found himself caught in a tense situation.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) had learned that Berry was collecting a check every other week despite having allegedly lost his job years ago. The MTA reported Berry to the authorities and demanded that he be brought to justice. This led to an investigation into Berry’s situation, and the results of that are going to put Berry into a difficult situation.
“I never got a call that I was terminated,” Berry said. “I’ve been collecting checks for four f***ing years. How am I still collecting checks (if they fired me)? It’s a fault on the MTA side.”
Berry has a good point. Why would the MTA be giving him a check every other week if they terminated his employment years ago? If the MTA supposedly fired him back in 2013, why was he still earning checks?
The boss responded, “That’s not my problem. That’s payroll’s problem.”
It is not known why the MTA put Berry back on the payroll in 2015 if he was supposedly terminated from his job.
Berry continues to receive letters from the MTA. This makes him even more confused about the situation.
“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*** going to pick up a check. I’m terminated already, let me file for unemployment.”
He’s right. If he had been fired from the job, he could have moved on with his life. Instead, the MTA kept giving him checks, which made him believe he was still on the payroll – which it seems like he was even if he wasn’t supposed to be.
In response, the NYPD said that Berry was accused of criminal trespassing because he entered “an employee-only NYC transit facility.”
The MTA is currently investigating. Spokesman Tim Minton said, “Anyone who inappropriately took public money will be held accountable to the full extent of the law.”
But this case seems to be a mistake of the MTA.
Do you agree?
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