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Kenneth Peters charged with embezzlement

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VIENNA, Va. (AP) - Metro Transit Police have charged a northern Virginia station manager with embezzlement after they say he collected paper fare cards from riders and loaded credit onto SmarTrip cards to resell them.

Forty-four-year-old Kenneth Peters has worked for the transit system since 1999 but was suspended after his arrest last week.

Police say Peters allowed riders with insufficient credit on fare cards to leave the subway system without visiting add-fare machines. They say he would save the fare cards and transfer the small amount of credit onto SmarTrip cards "for the purpose of reselling them." He allegedly accumulated nearly $500 in credits on the SmarTrip cards.

Authorities began an investigation after the Metro treasury department noticed unusual fare card transactions at the Vienna station.

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