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Passengers get free rail tickets for seven years

Posted in Crime, How much???, Lawyers, News, Weird World by Jim McMillan on August 16, 2008

If you discovered a glitch in the system which let you get free train tickets on your debit card, would you own up to it? Three commuters have been arrested and charged with knowingly exploiting the problem to buy $800,000 worth of Long Island Rail Road tickets and MetroCards, many of which they resold, according to the police and prosecutors.

Not everyone who benefited from the software glitch, did so knowingly. Since 2001, hundreds of rail riders have been rewarded from a computer gremlin which allowed vending machines on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad to dispense free tickets on some debit card transactions.

The problem was first spotted in May, reveals the New York Times, and led to the uncovering of a series of suspicious transactions tied to a pair of debit cards issued by First Republic Bank. New Yorker Lisa Foster Jordan, 38, was arrested on May 28 and charged with fraudulently obtaining thousands of tickets and MetroCards worth about $800,000.

Last week, the police arrested two more people in connection with the scheme, Foster Jordan’s husband, Cary Grant (yes really!) and Chris Clemente from Manhattan. Lawyers representing the trio say they will be pleading not guilty.

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Posted in Conspiracy, Top Dollar News, Weird World by Jim McMillan on August 3, 2008

LOOK what has just washed up on a Long Island beach. Already dubbed “The Monster of Montauk,” this fine looking specimen has become quite a conversation piece. In what could have been an opening scene straight out of the BBC sci-fi show Dr Who, three Long Island housewives spotted the beast while out sunbathing. Now assorted conspiracy kooks are asking, is it a dog, is it a coyote or is it anything to do with the secret government animal testing facility close to the beach?

The Top Dollar News team has another explanation – we think it could be a relative of the fat-suited Meg Ryan, featured last week.

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