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City Auditor Examines Transit Pass Investigation

September 06, 2011

City of Edmonton City Auditor David Wiun released a report today describing a joint investigation into the sale of counterfeit Edmonton Transit System (ETS) adult monthly transit passes.

The August 2011 report documents the methodic steps of the investigation undertaken by City of Edmonton Corporate Security, ETS and the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) following the discovery of the sale of counterfeit ETS passes in February 2011.

“While investigating this particular crime Corporate Security, ETS and EPS asked our office to help determine the extent of the counterfeiting and the efficacy of the investigation,” said Wiun. “Our review indicates the investigation is proceeding in a responsible and timely manner. ETS is aware of the threat to revenues caused by the sale of counterfeit passes and is working to implement new security recommendations from Corporate Security.”

The investigation resulted in the arrest of an individual who is alleged to have sold 351 counterfeit passes, resulting in approximately $29,000 of lost ETS revenue.

“Determining the extent of this crime and the possibility of similar crimes is no small task and we thank the City Auditor and his staff for helping to address the problem,” said Transportation Services General Manager Bob Boutilier. “In addition to the audit, actions taken by Corporate Security and ETS are already enhancing the security of transit passes. New recommendations from Corporate Security will help protect ETS customers and Edmonton taxpayers from falling victim to this type of counterfeiting.”

Corporate Security, ETS and EPS continue to investigate any illegal sales of counterfeit ETS passes.

To see the City Auditor’s report visit the City Auditor webpage.

David Wiun

Title City Auditor

Office: 780-496-8315