Toronto Transit Commission

Toronto Transit Commission

January 18, 2007 10:44 ET

TTC Special Constables and Peel Regional Police Bust Metropass Counterfeiters

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 18, 2007) - The TTC Special Constables, working with the Peel Regional Police, have broken up a Metropass counterfeiting shop. Peel Police and TTC Special Constables executed a search warrant on Dec. 20 in Peel Region. The investigation into the scope of the alleged crimes is ongoing.

"I'm proud of the work the TTC Special Constables and Peel Regional Police have done in arresting the members of this alleged Metropass counterfeiting ring," said TTC Chair Adam Giambrone. "TTC is continuing to work with police services throughout the GTA to identify counterfeiters and to prosecute them to the maximum the law allows. Counterfeiting tickets, tokens or Metropasses picks the pockets of our customers and our taxpayers. We won't stand for it."

In May 2006, high-quality forged Adult Metropasses began circulating throughout the city. The forgeries could not be successfully swiped at turnstiles but they were almost indistinguishable from authentic Metropasses on visual verification. More than 120 people have been charged criminally for selling and using the forged Metropasses. The public was warned to only buy Metropasses from authorized sources but still the forged passes continued to circulate.

After the warning, TTC Special Constables continued to investigate concentrating their efforts on dismantling the distribution network and tracking down the production facility. These efforts were rewarded Dec. 20th when the TTC obtained a search warrant for a residence in Mississauga. Peel Regional Police assisted with the execution of the search warrant, uncovering a significant credit card forgery lab that was also producing TTC Metropasses, Ontario Drivers Licences and Social Insurance Cards. One male was arrested at that time and has been charged with eight criminal offences so far.

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  • Toronto Transit Commission
    Marilyn Bolton
    Media Relations
    (416) 393-3741