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Tollway says thousands taken in toll scam

Traffic flows through Illinois tollway booths last month. (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune)

Traffic flows through Illinois tollway booths last month. (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune)

The Illinois Tollway said Thursday that 12 toll collectors allegedly stole thousands of dollars in tolls over the last several years and has pressed criminal charges against three of them.

Several dozen more collectors may face further investigation “due to significant amounts of questionable transactions,” said the tollway’s inspector general, James Wagner.

One toll collector, a 27-year employee, took as much as $7,000 in the last seven years. The collector, Anthony Scandora, of Bensenville, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge, resigned and repaid the money, Wagner said. Court records indicate he was fined $300.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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