4 Indicted In Fake MBTA Pass Scheme

BOSTON (AP) — Four people have been indicted for allegedly participating in a multimillion dollar scheme to create and sell counterfeit MBTA passes.

Authorities called it the largest fare evasion scheme in the history of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Prosecutors say one man made the counterfeit passes while working at Cubic Transportation Systems Inc., a company contracted by the MBTA to make the passes. Police say the fake passes worth up to $250 were sold on Craigslist, usually at a discounted rate, with none of the money going to the MBTA.

Authorities said Wednesday that Andres Townes of Revere was indicted on multiple counts of conspiracy to commit receiving stolen property.

Three others, Alex Saunders of Beverly; Joceline Townes of Attleboro; and Susan Gillis of Foxborough, allegedly participated in the scheme.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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