Former WMATA employee indicted on theft charge

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former Washington Area Transit Authority employee has been indicted on theft charges.

Officials say 61-year-old Adrian Sclawy faces one count of theft between $10,000 and $100,000 for allegedly selling surplus WMATA equipment and keeping the money for himself.

Sclawy, hired in 2005, was working as the manager of a WMATA surplus property warehouse in New Carrollton in July 2013, when WMATA officials received a tip that he may be selling WMATA property and keeping the funds for himself, according to Prince George's County officials.

An investigation led to a discovery that another employee purchased surplus property from the warehouse and had paid for the equipment, which included a bulldozer, chipper, tractors and an asphalt roller, via money order, according to officials. That employee told officials that Sclawy allegedly told him to leave the payee information blank and Sclawy would stamp it with an official WMATA stamp.

Sclawy made a similar transaction for $30,000 worth of WMATA property with a railroad company in Pennsylvania in which the money was allegedly transferred into Sclawy's personal bank account.

Further investigation found similar exchanges between Sclawy and two other companies in which he allegedly put approximately $18,000 more into his personal account as a result of those dealings, according to officials. In addition to the funds WMATA officials are aware of, there is approximately $75,000 that allegedly appeared in Sclawy's personal bank account between 2009 and 2013 that has yet to be accounted for.

According to WMATA, Sclawy was terminated in December 2013.


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