Bus Driver Convicted of Stealing Bus Passes in Black Market Scheme

May 15, 2000

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Mass Transit Administration (MTA) employee Wayne Allen Brownley, 35, of the 3900 block of Brenbrook Road in Baltimore, Maryland, was found guilty in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City of one count of felony theft. Mr. Heath was employed as an MTA bus driver. The Honorable Kathleen M. Sweeney sentenced Brownley to six months’ incarceration, suspended that sentence, and placed him on probation for one year. Brownley was also ordered to perform fifty hours of community service.

According to evidence cited at the trial, the defendant was involved in the theft of large quantities of bus passes. Investigation by the MTA Police and the Maryland State Police revealed that he was using the computerized fare box in a given bus to print out, without authorization, numerous $3/day bus passes. These passes were eventually transferred to black market ticket dealers who would then illegally sell the passes on the street. 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 and abused it," 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. One individual pled guilty in March and the others have trial dates set in June and July.

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