May 09, 2016

Former Philadelphia employee pleads guilty to counterfeiting SEPTA passes

Courts Counterfeits
Septa Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

This image shows a SEPTA train.

A former city of Philadelphia worker pleaded guilty Monday to counterfeiting more than 2,000 SEPTA TransPasses, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger announced.

Mark Cooper, 35, had been charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud and possession of access device making equipment.

Between August 2013 and June 2015, Cooper conspired with 35-year-old Kimberly Adams to produce and sell fake SEPTA monthly TransPasses.

Both Cooper and Adams worked for Philly311.

Adams, who pleaded guilty on August 11, 2015, and is scheduled to be sentenced May 18, sold the counterfeit passes created by Cooper to city employees both inside and outside City Hall for about $50. SEPTA sells the TransPasses for $91. Both Cooper and Adams sold more than 2,000 passes and split the proceeds.

Cooper faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000, four years of supervised release and a $200 special assessment.