Man faces charges for making and selling fake transit passes in Calgary

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary police have charged a man after a lengthy investigation led to the discovery of more than $1 million in fake transit passes.The year-long investigation involved nine search warrants and eventually led to arrest of a 31-year-old Calgary man.The police investigation started on June 28, 2017, when Calgary Transit’s peace officers noticed an increasing number of high-quality, forged UPASS stickers.UPASS stickers are transit passes available only to post-secondary students.Officers located the stickers online and identified a suspect, who used fake names, different phone numbers and multiple ads to conceal who he was.A package of 3,300 fake stickers — worth $1.3 million to Calgary Transit — was then intercepted by Canadian Border Services Agency in January 2018.Police say the stickers were professionally printed in China and addressed to the suspect.Authorities say the suspect sold about $34,000 worth of fraudulent stickers between May 2015 and January 2018.David Philip Smerd, 31, has been charged with making forged documents, fraud over $5,000 and uttering forged documents.He is to appear in court on Sept. 10.last_img

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