The so-called “Overtime King” of the MTA pleaded guilty on Thursday a conspiracy charge for working with other Long Island Railroad employees to cheat the agency out of more than $18,000.
Thomas Caputo, a former LIRR track inspector, will face a sentence of up to 16 months in prison and will be barred from appealing his case as part of his plea deal with prosecutors.
He will also be liable with his co-conspirators for paying $109,000 in restitution, prosecutors said at Caputo’s sentencing hearing Thursday in Manhattan federal court.
In brief remarks, Caputo admitted that he submitted timesheets while working for the LIRR that included overtime hours he had not worked.
“I knew this was wrong and illegal,” he said.
In a statement after the hearing, Caputo’s attorney, James Kousouros, said he will repay the funds while moving on with his life.
“He regrets this conduct and has agreed to repay these funds as he moves on with his otherwise unblemished and law abiding life,” Kousouros said.
Caputo was arrested by the feds last year after law enforcement investigators uncovered the overtime conspiracy with help from the MTA Inspector General’s Office.
In a series of stories in 2019, The Post reported Caputo reigned as the MTA’s “Overtime King,” who raked in $344,147 in extra income in 2018.
Among those charged with Caputo was Frank Pizzonia, a Queens resident and son of notorious Gambino Family hitman Dominick “Skinny Dom” Pizzonia.
Frank Pizzonia has pleaded not guilty.
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