A Rockville Centre man is facing more than 70 criminal charges after he was allegedly caught selling Long Island Rail Road tickets that he made himself on the computer, the Queens district attorney’s office said Friday.
Michael Wright, 27, is facing grand larceny, identity theft, trademark counterfeiting and criminal possession of a forged instrument charges. He was arraigned Wednesday at Queens Criminal Court. Records show he was released from custody after posting $3,000 bail.
Authorities said Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officers confiscated four weekly and 29 monthly Long Island Rail Road tickets from various passengers between March and June 2014.
After honing in on Wright, investigators obtained a search warrant for his Rockville Centre home and found “materials used to make counterfeit tickets,” which included a laminating machine and adhesive film, prosecutors said. Investigators also found photos of weekly and monthly Long Island Rail Road tickets on Wright’s computer flash drive.
Prosecutors said the alleged fake tickets and the images contained “the patented trademarks of the MTA and LIRR.”
“The defendant is alleged to have orchestrated a complicated counterfeiting scheme,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. “For months, he allegedly created look-alike tickets, printed them from his home computer and then sold them to LIRR train riders. The defendant’s alleged actions stole money from the MTA – cheating the system, commuters and the public.”