Muni mechanic, accomplice face three years for transfer sales 

The alleged crook accused of hawking Muni transfers for half the cost of the regular fare — and the transit agency mechanic thought to have been his supplier — are facing three years in the slammer, prosecutors said.

The Muni employee, Edmund King, 52, had allegedly been passing late-night transfers to a well-known street seller, Leroy Gutierrez, 53, in a shady operation that helped rob the cash-strapped transit agency of much-needed funds for public transportation in The City, police said, and is partly to blame for why riders have endured price hikes and reduced service.

Typically, passengers who pay their fare receive a transfer to continue riding without paying for the next 90 minutes. The late-night transfers allow riders to board buses and streetcars well beyond that time period.

The rampant illegal sales of those late-night transfers strip the cash-crippled Muni of thousands of dollars each week, police said.

It was not known how long the mechanic and his accomplice had been pilfering from Muni, or what was in it for the mechanic, police said.

Police said they nabbed King and Gutierrez following a surveillance sting at 16th and Mission streets that netted numerous arrests since March. King and Gutierrez were picked up on July 15.

Gutierrez was charged with possession of stolen property, a felony, and possession of a knife, a misdemeanor, prosecutors said. City employee King was charged with possession of stolen property and embezzlement by a public employee, both felonies, they said.

The two were expected in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.

“Officers will continue to stay on the case of illegal ‘late night’ transfers because the practice is ongoing,” police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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