Edmonton man charged for allegedly importing fake bus passes

Oct 7 2020, 3:07 pm

An Edmonton man is facing charges connected to importing fake transit passes.

Police believe 31-year-old Yuexuan Wu was importing fraudulent passes from China, and he’s been charged with smuggling, forging documents, importing prohibited goods, and possessing property obtained by crime.

“Charges laid today demonstrate our joint effort to safeguard Canadians and to protect our economy during these difficult times,” Canada Border Service Agency spokesperson Brad Wozny said in a news release.

CBSA agents discovered a package of the fake transit passes coming off a plane from China back in June. The package labelled “book and business cards” contained a few genuine transit passes that were possibly used as templates, plus hundreds of fake ones.

In all, there were 1,047 transit passes in the package shipped to Wu, which translates to a street value of more than $100,000.

Canada Border Services Agency-CBSA and Edmonton Police Service l

On June 26, 2020, CBSA officers seized 1,047 fraudulent ETS bus passes worth approx. $101,500. (CNW Group/Canada Border Services Agency)

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