MARTA fraudsters sentenced in massive stolen rides scheme


Five people pleaded guilty to racketeering in the massive so-called "Underground Railroad" MARTA fraud scam.

Each is set to serve jail time. They were ordered to pay a total of $570,000 in restitution, according to a Tuesday statement from the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office.

The elaborate scheme happened in 2013, when MARTA computers were hacked. Authorities believe $1 Breeze fare cards were purchased and fraudulently loaded with much higher values. 

The defendants then sold the cards at a discount to riders, pocketing the difference, authorities have said. Distributors were posted at the H.E. Holmes, Five Points, Chamblee and Doraville stations.

RELATED: Dunwoody cops release video of home invaders who pistol-whipped mom

RELATED: DeKalb man hid dad’s death to get Social Security check — for 34 years

 

RELATED: Victim's mom thankful for East Atlanta Village murder suspect's arrest

The alleged founder of the scheme, Melvin Summers, is in federal custody on unrelated charges and has not been tried, the DA's office said. He is the only person indicted with the group who has not agreed to a plea deal.

The defendants whose guilty pleas were announced Tuesday are:

  • Pierre Metteaux, who did most of the computer work to put false values on the Breeze cards. Under the plea negotiations, he'll be sentenced Wednesday to 20 years to serve 40 months in custody, which will be reduced for the nearly three years he's been incarcerated already. The remainder of the time will be on probation.
  • Jedadia Byrd, who helped with distributing the cards to the street. He was sentenced to 20 years to serve three years in prison.
  • Stephanie Byrd, whose role wasn't explained in a news release. She was sentenced to 20 years to serve two years in prison.
  • Christina Carney, who recruited Metteaux to do the computer work. She was sentenced to 20 years to serve four years in prison.
  • Robert Lee Clark, a distributor. He was sentenced to 20 years to serve 18 months in prison.

Like DeKalb County News Now on Facebook | Follow on Twitterand Instagram


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

3 children, 3 adults hurt in multi-vehicle wreck on I-85
3 children, 3 adults hurt in multi-vehicle wreck on I-85

Lanes on I-85 South have reopened after a three-vehicle crash that left three children and three adults injured, officials said. The crash happened Monday evening on I-85 South at the ramp for I-75 North, Atlanta Fire spokesman Cortez Stafford said. The Georgia State Patrol said later the children, ages 13, 9 and 8, were taken to Children’s Healthcare...
Georgia girl invited to White House after writing President Trump
Georgia girl invited to White House after writing President Trump

When Mackenzie Koger’s mother said a letter to a congressman might be a good way to ask for a White House tour, the second-grader picked up her pencil. But the Dalton resident didn’t write her local representative. She addressed her letter, “Dear President (Donald) Trump,” the Dalton Daily Citizen reported.  That...
Driver on leave while police investigate fight on school bus  
Driver on leave while police investigate fight on school bus  

Police and Marietta school officials are investigating a bus driver’s actions after a fight broke out on her route, Channel 2 Action News reported Monday.  The veteran driver, whose name was not released, is on paid administrative leave while officials investigate how she broke up the fight, Channel 2 reported.  No cameras were on the...
After entering plea while drunk, Duluth man again pleads guilty to defrauding Staples
After entering plea while drunk, Duluth man again pleads guilty to defrauding Staples

A Duluth man has pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to defraud Massachusetts-based Staples Inc. of more than $1.4 million, federal officials said. Layne Michael Gosnell, 46, appeared in federal court in Boston on Friday in connection with the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, the United States Department of Justice...
Fulton County files suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors
Fulton County files suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

Fulton officials on Monday filed suit against more than two dozen drug manufacturers, distributors and doctors, accusing them of causing an ongoing opioid crisis that has killed hundreds of people in that county alone. It’s the first such lawsuit in Georgia, though more than 100 others have been filed by cities, counties and state governments...
More Stories