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TTC Cracks Counterfeit Ring

Item supplied by Aaron Adel
Transit Toronto News Archive - October 30, 1998

Undercover Officers with the Toronto Transit Commission’s Corporate Security Department have arrested 15 people and laid 50 charges following a four-month investigation into counterfeit fares.

In conjunction with the Toronto Police Services, the Transit Special Constables obtained search warrants and raided eight convenience stores across the city and seized thousands of illegal tickets that were being sold to unsuspecting customers. Proceeds from the sales were also seized.

“The production, distribution and purchase of counterfeit tickets for fraudulent use on the TTC will lead to arrests and criminal charges,” warns TTC Chief General Manager David Gunn. “Our officers have developed the expertise and sophisticated technology to crack counterfeit operations. These people will be caught and punished.”

TTC lead investigator Mark Russell indicates illegal ticket producers/manufacturers are operating on a wide scale and believes as many as 400,000 illegal tickets may currently be in circulation. Often these tickets are purchased through friends, the workplace or bars.

“This kind of illegal activity has to be taken very seriously by an organization like the TTC which relies so heavily on the revenue collected at the fare box,” added Gunn. “This type of fraud hurts everyone - from riders paying their full fares to taxpayers in general - depending on an economical, efficient transit system in the city.”

Ticket agents and customers are being advised to be on the lookout for anyone trying to sell discount fares and are encouraged to contact police, Crime Stoppers at 222-TIPS or TTC Corporate Security with any information they may have.




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