Authorities: New Jersey man among 5 current, former MTA workers charged with overtime fraud

Five former and current employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including a man from New Jersey, fraudulently put in for “almost physically impossible” overtime hours that netted them hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra income, according to authorities.
Authorities say the men, four of whom were with the Long Island Rail Road and one with New York City Transit, put in for overtime in 2018 for hours when they were at their homes or other locations, and even on vacation.
Michael Gundersen, of Manalapan, is accused of claiming he worked thousands of extra jobs, while prosecutors say he was on vacation in Virginia, or in Atlantic City.
MTA inspector general Carolyn Pokorny says, “These employees allegedly worked very hard to steal MTA time and money, ignoring their duty to keep the tracks and rails safe for their fellow workers and riders. When employees are on the clock, management needs to know that they are actually working, and not say, enjoying concerts in Atlantic City."
Court documents say Gunderson was paid $385,000 back in 2018, and $283,000 of that was overtime. He reported working more than 3,900 hours of overtime, in addition to almost 1,900 regularly scheduled work hours.
The men are each charged with federal program fraud, and face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.