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3 arrested after glitch gives free fares

Aug. 12, 2008 at 3:26 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- New York authorities said three suspects used a software glitch in a MetroCard machine to take $800,000 in free fares over nearly three years.

Authorities said married couple Cary Grant, 40, and Lisa Foster Jordan, 37, along with friend Christopher Clemente, 37, were charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property after a Metropolitan Transportation Authority audit discovered the three had been using the software glitch to obtain free fare cards, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

"The odds of [the suspects] stumbling on this were astronomical," MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin said.

The free fare glitch "would only happen if you used an active debit card but had insufficient money in your account and it was from a smaller, non-local bank," Soffin said.

"The woman stumbled on it unwittingly, and they proceeded to very knowingly steal form the MTA," he said.

Law enforcement sources said the three would obtain the free cards and then sell them to other riders between September 2005 and May of this year.

Topics: Cary Grant
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