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Medford man accused of making phony T passes

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A Medford man is accused of making fake MBTA passes and cheating the agency out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Attorney General’s office claimed 27-year-old Casey Kolenda has been making phony $70 T Link passes and selling them for half the price.

“Whenever we have someone who’s able to thwart a system like this, get inside information, and basically rob consumers and taxpayers, we take those cases very seriously,” said Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Kolenda allegedly used electronic skimming machines to steal encoded information off real link passes and transfer them to Charlie tickets, which cost a nickel.

The MBTA says it has lost $200,000 in revenue and has been rounding up the fake tickets, with 50 on Tuesday alone.

Prosecutors said Kolenda has been making the fake passes since last summer, perhaps with accomplices, and court documents reveal he allegedly made quite a bit of fast cash.

“His profit would be 89,670 dollars,” said prosecutor Greg Friedholm.

Police busted Kolenda Monday at Medford apartment, which he shares with a cousin, according to the property owner. Investigators say Kolenda was carrying 64 fake passes. Friedholm said Kolenda was also found in possession of $7,000.

“We’re on top of it,” said MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. “We’re going to increase monitoring of transactions out of an abundance of caution.”

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