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MBTA repairman charged with stealing $80,000 from agency’s fare box system

Stephen P. Fagerberg.

An MBTA repairman allegedly stole $80,000 in cash from the financially strapped transit agency’s fare box system, money he allegedly deposited in his own bank account by using a drive-through ATM machine, state officials said.

Stephen P. Fagerberg was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court Wednesday on a single count of larceny over $1,200 in a continuous scheme. He pleaded not guilty and was released on personal recognizance, ordered to surrender his passport and stay away from MBTA property, according to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office.

Officials did not disclose how Fagerberg was able to drain the cash from the T’s fare collection system except to note that as an automated fare technician “Fagerberg is responsible for fixing and repairing fare collection boxes on MBTA buses in South Boston.’’