Toronto Transit Tokens Counterfeited
BOSTON, April 29 (UPI) — More than 5 million fake Toronto subway tokens were minted in a Massachusetts plant, netting scammers $9 million profit over three years, police say.
A massive international sting involving the FBI and Canadian authorities has broken the scamming ring, the Boston Globe reported. Investigators developed leads that resulted over the last several weeks in 100 charges against 21 people, including alleged middlemen, vendors, and ringleaders.
In February, Toronto police arrested three Canadian brothers: Reginald Beason, 47, and Alexander Beason, 36, who were charged with fraud; and Alfredo Beason, 49, who was charged with possession of fake tokens, the Globe said.
From Massachusetts, court documents say, the tokens were shipped in boxes of 20,000 via UPS and FedEx to Niagara Falls, N.Y., where runners loaded them into cars and drove them across the border.
Howard Moscoe, chairman of the Toronto Transit Commission, said Canadian authorities are considering charges against a Bay State coin-manufacturing firm that allegedly produced most of the counterfeit tokens.
Moscoe said the coins were perfectly weighted to slip through Toronto’s collection boxes.
“It seems pretty unlikely to me that somebody could produce a transit token and not check out who they were making it for,” Moscoe said.