WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A former Metro revenue technician and former Metro police officer were sentenced Friday to more than 2 years in prison.
John Vincent Haile and Horace Dexter McDade were arrested in January and pleaded guilty in March to stealing at least $445,000 in cash and coins from Metro stations throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., then laundering the money by purchasing Virginia Lottery tickets and making cash purchases from home improvement stores. During their shifts collecting funds from Metro stations and transporting those funds to the collection facility in Alexandria, the men would make an unscheduled stop and conceal bags of money at an underpass in the parking lot of a Marriott Courtyard Hotel on Eisenhower Ave. in Alexandria. After completing their shifts, McDade and Haile would return to the underpass in their personal cars to retrieve the money they had hidden.
On the night of their arrest, Haile and McDade had each stolen more than $8,000 of Metro coins and cash. They were then fired by WMATA.
Haile admitted that he purchased an extraordinary amount of Virginia Lottery tickets, often paying with multiple bags of coins containing $500 each. From October 2011 through December 2011, he paid more than $28,000 in cash and coins to purchase tickets from one convenience store.
McDade also admitted to laundering money through the Virginia Lottery system and by making cash and coin purchases at The Home Depot and Lowe's. He also used the proceeds to pay off account balances at Zale's and Sprint.
Friday, Haile was sentenced to 37 months in prison. McDade was sentenced to 30 months. They will also have to pay $472,679 in restitution. After their prison terms, they will serve three-years of supervised release.