FREEHOLD, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Two New Jersey TRANSIT employees were arrested on Thursday for defrauding the public transportation company out of thousands of dollars in ticket fares, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Robert Broschart, a 49-year-old conductor from Howell, NJ, is charged with second degree official misconduct, third degree theft and third degree conspiracy. His alleged accomplice, 45-year-old Phillip Swanger from Bradley Beach, NJ, is charged with third degree theft and third degree conspiracy.

The prosecutor’s office said that it conducted a seven-month investigation before arresting the alleged perpetrators. According to police, the investigation began when law enforcement authorities received tips that certain passengers were not paying their ticket fares on NJ TRANSIT’s North Jersey Coast Line.

Broschart and Swanger are accused of recruiting passengers to ride the train and not having them purchase a ticket, allowing them to pay Broschart and Swanger at a reduced rate. Prosecutors say that the employees then pocketed the cash.

In an effort to fool onlookers and avoid any potential suspicion, the police say that Broschart and Swanger mimicked punching and approving passenger’s tickets.

“NJ TRANSIT employees who abuse their authority and criminally violate the public trust will be held accountable and charged for their illegal actions,” NJ TRANSIT Chief of Police Christopher Trucillo said in a statement. “The public should be aware that purchase of NJ TRANSIT tickets should only be made through authorized vendors.”

If convicted, Broschart faces up to 10 years in prison for the official misconduct charge, and Swanger faces up to five years in prison for the theft and conspiracy charge.

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Comments (8)
  1. Nick says:

    If convicted, lets make sure these thieves lose their pensions too. Or will their slimy union fight to keep the convicts’ hands in the public till?

    1. Ben says:

      It’s not the public”s money, it’s all paid for by the railroaders and their companies, and managed by the Federal Government.

  2. Mike says:

    I’ve personally seen the conductor on the left pocket cash, not give out a recepit for the money and just give out a seat check saying that is the receipt. It was a young couple that didn’t know better. It’s about time.

    1. No Snitchin says:


  3. Sailor Boy says:

    These boys werent too swift

  4. CM says:

    What about the people who paid them? If they were investigating for 7 months, they know who was riding on the cheap while I was paying the full fare. Are they being arrested for theft of service?

  5. Esmerelda says:

    The MTA swindles us everyday, how come they dont
    go to prison ?
    What about the Port Authority – which one went to prison ?

    1. The Realist says:

      How do you fit an entire agency into a jail cell? Who will be left to run the trains and drive the buses?

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