'Source Code' Extortion Claims Against Metra

Employees accused of attempting to get more money for film

By Lacey McCraney
|  Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011  |  Updated 8:13 AM CDT
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Investigators are looking into claims that two Metra officials tried to demand more money from a production company.

Officials tell the Daily Herald that Hillard Heintze, Metra's interim inspector general, is expanding the investigation into whether a former employee attempted to get $2,000 on top of a $19,000 contract from producers of the movie "Source Code."

The employee in question retired as manager of special transportation services last year. Another employee is also being questioned.

Metra trains appear in the recently released movie and have also appeared in others films, such as "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

Officials say no money ever exchanged hands between the employees and movie producers, but Metra spokeswoman Judy Pardonnet tells the paper, "Allegations of wrongdoing are always of great concern."

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