FBI documents detail disgraced ex-Metra CEO spending, affairs
The FBI released its files on former Metra boss Phil Pagano who was caught embezzling almost $500,000 dollars from Metra.
The FBI says he took the money to support his ailing father, and to finance a series of extramarital affairs.
The documents show agents interviewed three woman who had relationships with Pagano. Pagano met them through an Internet dating website and took them on dates and trips, according to the files.
One woman interviewed by the FBI suspected, but offered no proof, that Pagano was being blackmailed by one of his girlfriends, who reportedly threatened to tell his wife of their affair.
Another woman denied to investigators that she threatened to blackmail Pagano but reportedly admitted that he was “lucky that she was nice because she could have ruined his life by telling the Metra board … about the affair.”
The documents also show Pagano was remorseful, admitted making a mistake, and offered to make restitution.
He committed suicide in 2010 by jumping in front of a Metra train as the Metra board was getting ready to fire him.
The Better Government Association have made the documents public here.