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Former Acting Superintendent of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) 'Money Room' Gets One Year in Jail for Tax Evasion

On May 11, former MBTA manager Mary Lempitski, who oversaw the operation of MBTA's Cash Processing Center (also known as the 'Money Room'), was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston, MA to 366 days in prison and fined $10,000 for tax evasion. Our investigation found that, from 2000 through 2002, Lempitski spent more than $267,000, mostly in $20 bills, at 'high-end' department stores and boutiques for personal items such as designer jewelry, clothing, and cosmetics. Lempitski's taxable income substantially exceeded the amount she declared on her 2000 through 2002 income tax filings. Lempitski pled guilty in January 2006 to three felony counts of tax evasion. The investigation was conducted jointly with the IRS and MBTA Police.