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Toronto police make arrests in TTC counterfeit ring

Toronto police say they’ve broken up a counterfeit ring involving TTC passes.

Sixty-two people have been arrested.

“It is a crime. You will get caught. You will face serious criminal charges,” TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said.

Police say 192 charges were laid over the last four months for both trafficking and using the counterfeit passes.

Const. Bob Moynagh said 39 arrests took place at subway stations and 16 arrests occurred on surface vehicles.

Of those arrested only seven people were charged with trafficking. The others were charged with using fake passes.

Police say they believe all of those involved knew they were using fake passes.

The counterfeit passes were being sold for about half of the face value.

Officials are warning the public that if the deal seems too good to be true it probably is.

“The message today is that it’s not worth that risk and that you are stealing from the TTC and ultimately the public,” said Ross. “It is a criminal offence.”

Police say they have yet to find the lab where the fake metropasses were created but they do believe it is a local operation.

The investigation is ongoing.