Portland police arrest three in TriMet ticket forgery scheme
...during the past several months, thousands of phony tickets have been pushed into fare boxes and pulled from people's pockets on train and bus lines throughout the Portland metro area.
A months-long investigation resulted in its first arrests Tuesday evening as Portland police served search warrants on two cars and two homes, where police confiscated about 35,700 tickets with an estimated value of more than $109,000.
Officers arrested Jaime Caamal Balam, 27, of Northeast Portland; a man who identified himself as Gabriel Bedolla Medina, 30; and a woman identified as Maria Izquierdo, 23. They face counts of forgery, Silva said, among other charges being considered.
Based on fingerprint identification, police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents think the man who claimed to be Bedolla Medina is actually someone else -- a convicted felon who was deported and has re-entered the country illegally.
Think of the irony here. The Portland City Council has set up a day labor site where illegal aliens use phony ID’s, Stolen Social Security numbers and Matricular Consular cards to steal jobs from American citizens. No problem. Yet when illegal aliens use counterfeit TriMet passes they get arrested!
One would have to guess that to the City Council it is alright to cheat average citizens out of their jobs but don’t you dare cheat the government out of their money.
Daniel says: "Some fraud is more equal than other fraud."