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Sharp-eyed T conductor honored

Veteran employee uncovered multimillion-dollar fare scam

By Eric Moskowitz
Globe Staff / December 15, 2011
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Commuter rail conductor John Slyman was honored this morning by the MBTA Transit Police for his diligence and attention to detail in helping to unravel a multimillion-dollar scheme to sell thousands of real but unauthorized MBTA monthly passes. Slyman was working an inbound run on the Providence line in March when he noticed an unusually faded pass. The fading was a red herring; the pass had gone through the wash. But the customer’s nervousness and shaky answer at being questioned tipped Slyman off that something about the pass’s origins was awry.

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