- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The company that runs the Boston area’s commuter rail system has fired six employees for fudging their time cards.

Keolis Commuter Services, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rail operator, says three other employees remain under investigation.

The story was first reported by WFXT-TV.

Keolis said in a statement the workers were fired after the company “discovered evidence of irregular attendance and violations of the company’s time card practices.”

The employees worked in its mechanical department, which maintains locomotives and coaches.

A Keolis spokeswoman says it’s unclear how much money was involved.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s office said in a statement that it is “is pleased Keolis has taken steps to hold its employees accountable.”

The firings come at a time when the MBTA is considering privatizing more services.

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