Man gets 5 years in MBTA commuter rail pass scam
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who bought more than $150,000 worth of commuter rail passes using stolen credit card information, and then sold the passes at below face value, has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Kokou Kuakumensah, 31, of Worcester, used other people’s credit card accounts to fraudulently purchase Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail passes at fare kiosks from about January 2019 until March 2020, federal prosecutors in Boston said Friday.
He then resold the illegally obtained passes for less than their face value in a variety of ways, including online and at MBTA stations, prosecutors said.
In addition to the prison time, Kuakumensah was also ordered to pay more than $157,000 in restitution.
He pleaded guilty in July to wire fraud and multiple counts of aggravated identity theft, prosecutors said.