3 arrested in scam of NY transit system

August 12, 2008 7:19:27 AM PDT
Three New Yorkers are facing grand larceny charges after being accused of stealing $800,000 in free rides from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The MTA said the three were able to take advantage of a software problem discovered in a Metrocard machine at Penn Station starting in September 2005. They're accused of selling Long Island Rail Road tickets and Metrocards to other riders through this past May.

An audit uncovered the problem and an investigation led to the arrests.

Says MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin: "The odds of (the suspects) stumbling onto this were astronomical."

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