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Bus driver 'made €200,000' on fake tickets
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Bus driver 'made €200,000' on fake tickets

Published: 19 Nov 2012 17:50 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Nov 2012 17:50 GMT+01:00

A Munich bus driver appeared in court on Monday to face charges of forging monthly public transport passes and selling them, raking in around a quarter of a million euros.

The 30-year-old, who was not identified, admitted to the Munich regional court that he stole from work the special paper that the tickets were printed on, along with the software used to print the authentic passes, Die Welt newspaper reported.

And with the help of his wife - as well as a friend, his wife and her mother - they sold them at €10 less than the actual price – earning at least €244,000 from their illegal enterprise, the court heard.

The tickets resembled those valid on the Munich transport network (MVV). He was employed by the company which ran the buses used in the system.

Back in 2011, the defendant was handed a suspended sentence for forging travel tickets. This time, though, it appeared unlikely that he would get off as lightly.

The paper said his accomplices would probably not be sent to jail and instead were likely to be put on probation. The court was expected to deliver a verdict on Wednesday.

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18:48 November 19, 2012 by raandy
Ya , OK ,he has an inside tract , abused his employer , and gets a cake walk, score one for justice.
01:33 November 20, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
LOL. Well done but shame you got caught. Obviously this did not get noticed for some time which shows how much attention they are paying to affairs. Is it any wonder trains break down in winter.
12:09 November 20, 2012 by gkh50
If he offers to pay the VAT, I am sure that they will let him off. If does not pay, then that is it. Off to the gallows old boy.
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