NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


August 28, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

FIFTH MTA BUS DRIVER FOUND GUILTY IN BLACK MARKET BUS PASS SCHEME

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Mass Transit Administration (MTA) employee Corliss Elaine Tweedy, 45, of the 4700 block of Old York Road in Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City to one count of felony theft. Ms. Tweedy had been employed as an MTA bus driver since July 1998. The Honorable Charles A. Chiapparelli sentenced Tweedy to six months incarceration, suspended that sentence, and placed her on probation for one year. Tweedy was also ordered to pay restitution of $600.

According to the statement of facts read into the record, the defendant was involved in the theft and resale of large quantities of bus passes. Investigation by the MTA Police and the Maryland State Police revealed that she was using the computerized fare box in a given bus to print out, without authorization, numerous $3/day bus passes and transferring these to black market ticket dealers. These dealers would then illegally sell the passes on the street and Tweedy would receive a percentage of the money collected. Preliminary information concerning the scheme was received by MTA Police through informants. Analysis of the MTA's computerized records, generated by the fare boxes on all buses, quantified with precision the number of fraudulent passes.

"This individual was in a position of trust, which she chose to abuse," said Attorney General Curran. "Maryland will continue to investigate such corruption and prosecute dishonest employees who attempt to profit at the taxpayer's expense. We commend the MTA's vigilance in monitoring its operations."

Five other MTA bus drivers have been charged with Felony Theft under similar circumstances. Four individuals have already been found guilty and the other has a trial date set in October.

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