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Man allegedly faked commuter train tickets

November 30, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA.

A Kearneysville, W.Va., man who worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was charged Monday morning with allegedly using counterfeit commuter train tickets at the Jefferson County train station, according to court records.

William Scott Wilson, 44, of 445 White Rock Road, was charged with fraudulent scheme and uttering, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Wilson is free on $10,000 bond, officials said.

In December, Wilson allegedly boarded a train at the Duffields train station along Flowing Springs Road north of Charles Town and presented a counterfeit boarding pass, Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy J.C. Tennant said.

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On Feb. 22, an agent with the National Railroad Passenger Corp. and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development interviewed Wilson at his home, Tennant said.

During the interview, Wilson said he made counterfeit Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) train tickets while he was employed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Tennant said in a criminal complaint filed in magistrate court.

Wilson told police that while working at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, he used department equipment to scan an authentic MARC monthly ticket and produced counterfeit tickets using Adobe Photoshop software, Tennant said.

Wilson admitted to producing counterfeit tickets from June to December last year, Tennant said. Wilson said he used the tickets in September, October, November and the first week in December, records allege.

The counterfeit tickets, which were made in Washington, D.C., and taken to West Virginia were valued at $1,575, court records state.

Wilson also stated that he was told in June that he was being dismissed from his job, Tennant said.

Conviction on the charge of fraudulent scheme and uttering carries a possible jail term of one to 10 years each.

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