A six-month investigation by Winnipeg police has shut down a scheme to create forged Winnipeg Transit bus passes.
Transit personnel began seizing the forged bus passes in April, which were being sold out of an Ellice Avenue store at a reduced price.
Police say a genuine Winnipeg Transit bus pass is characterized by an alphanumeric code to designate the month (1 to 12) and an adult full fare bus pass is signified by a letter “F” for full fare and “R” for reduced. The alphanumeric code is in holographic material on the bus pass, with each document containing a unique serial number.
Two men, aged 29 and 56, and a 55-year-old woman — all from Winnipeg — are facing numerous fraud charges.
All three were released on a promise to appear.