Mass AG: Man Reaped Millions With Fake MBTA Passes

A Revere man is facing larceny charges in connection with a scheme that investigators said produced millions of dollars worth of illegally created MBTA monthly passes which were then sold online at a discount.

Attorney General Martha Coakley said 27-year-old Andres Townes worked at Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., a company contracted by the MBTA to produce monthly passes. She said his alleged scheme was the largest of its kind.

Coakley said as far back as 2007, Townes produced and sold up to 20,000 of the passes through websites like Craigslist. She said the T traced 400 illegal passes in March alone that totaled about $70,000.

MBTA General Manager Richard Davey said the T is ending its contract with Cubic and seeking reimbursement.

Cubic said it's cooperating with investigators. It's not immediately known if Townes has an attorney.

This program aired on May 19, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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