I-Team- LCTA Leaders Heading to Trial

I-Team- LCTA Leaders Heading to Trial

Two Top Luzerne County Transportation Authority officials should stand trial on charges they padded ridership numbers to gain state funding - that's the word from a judge in Dauphin County. Our lead I-Team Investigator Andy Mehalshick has the latest on this so-called Ghost Rider Investigation.
Harrisburg, Dauphin County- A district judge  in Dauphin County has ruled there was enough evidence to send LCTA Exective Director Stanley Strelish and director of operations Rob Henderson to trial for charges they allegedly told bus drivers to pad senior ridership numbers.

    Now Strelish and Henderson were accused of padding those numbers so the LCTA could get more state funding. In court today, defense attorneys insisted that the bus drivers misinterpreted the phrase "hit the button," basically saying that Strelish and Henderson wanted them to maintain accurate records of those senior riders. Prosecutors fired right back saying drivers knew full well what "hit the button" meant. If they didn't pad the senior ridership numbers, they could lose their jobs.

 

  In the end, Judge David Judy here in Dauphin County ruled there was enough evidence to send Strelish to court on all charges. He did drop a few minor conspiracy charges against Rob Henderson. But again, they both will stand trial. If convicted on these charges, the LCTA ghost rider case, they could face at least 20 years in prison. We'll have much more later on Eyewitness News.
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