Man pleads guilty to faking, selling thousands of SEPTA passes

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A former city of Philadelphia employee faces 20 years in federal prison. Monday, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy involving more than 2,000 counterfeit monthly SEPTA passes.
 
U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger announced Mark Cooper's plea and said between August 2013 and June 2015, Cooper conspired with Kimberly Adams to produce and sell counterfeit SEPTA monthly TransPasses. Those passes let passengers onto SEPTA buses, trolleys and subways.
 
"Once Cooper created the counterfeit passes, he gave them to Adams," Memeger's office explained. "Adams met customers, predominately City of Philadelphia employees inside and outside of City Hall, and sold the counterfeit passes for approximately $50."
 
The feds said Cooper and Adams counterfeited and sold more than 2,000 of them, and split the money. Monthly SEPTA TransPasses for unlimited rides usually cost $91.
 
Cooper -- who worked at Philly 311 -- was also charged with possession of access device-making equipment. Sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 4.
 
He faces a possible 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000, four years of supervised release and a $200 special assessment.
 
Adams pleaded guilty on August 11, 2015 and is scheduled to be sentenced May 18.
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