The MARTA Police Department has arrested seven suspects as part of an ongoing investigation into the fraudulent sales of Breeze fare cards, according to a statement released to the media this afternoon.
Computer hackers had bypassed Breeze card security features to make counterfeit cards. The personal information of legitimate Breeze farecard holders was not compromised.
MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham said the investigation has identified suspects who have since been charged with theft, fraud and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also known as RICO. The suspects, all of whom reside in the metro Atlanta area, were booked at the DeKalb County Jail.
“We take these crimes very seriously and will continue to investigate each and every case thoroughly,” Dunham said. “We are working closely with the DeKalb District Attorney’s office and will seek to ensure that those involved are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Breeze farecards should only be purchased at vending machines in MARTA rail stations, at MARTA RideStores or online at itsmarta.com. Selling, altering or fraudulently obtaining MARTA fare media is illegal. Counterfeit cards will not be honored for trips on MARTA.
The MARTA Police Department requests that anyone with information about the illegal sale of Breeze farecards contact (404) 848-4584.