Feds: 2 Philadelphians manufactured, sold bogus SEPTA passes

Federal authorities are accusing two Philadelphia residents of manufacturing and selling counterfeit SEPTA TransPasses for nearly two years.

Thirty-five-year-old Mark Cooper was charged Wednesday with committing access-device fraud and possession of equipment to make access devices.

Prosecutors say Cooper produced the phony passes with equipment purchased online and a woman would sell them at City Hall and other locations for $50 each.

A TransPass enables a rider to board SEPTA buses, trolleys and subway trains.

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Officials estimate Cooper sold more than 2,000 bogus passes from Aug. 2013 to June, mostly to city employees.

Cooper pleaded not guilty.

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