TriMet worker accused of selling fake passes

TriMet: Dave William Tobin was creating fraudulent TriMet monthly passes and selling them online

Dave William Tobin, 52, a TriMet employee, was arrested by Transit Police
Dave William Tobin, 52, a TriMet employee, was arrested by Transit Police

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A TriMet employee has been arrested and charged with official misconduct after an investigation into stolen TriMet ticket stock, officials confirmed.

Dave William Tobin, 52, appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court Friday and pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree theft, felony computer crime, official misconduct, second-degree theft, and unlawful possession of heroin.

Court records obtained by KOIN 6 News show that Tobin, on or about Oct. 13, 2014, did unlawfully and knowingly commit theft of merchandise that was owned by TriMet.

Prosecutors said Friday, during Tobin’s arraignment, that all of the alleged crimes happened while Tobin was on-duty with TriMet.

TriMet spokesperson Roberta Altstadt said Tobin was arrested for allegedly creating fraudulent TriMet monthly passes and selling them online on sites such as Craigslist and Facebook.

Court records show that Tobin is employed by TriMet as a vending machine repairman.

Tobin was arrested Thursday at Transit Police Headquarters after being detained around 4 p.m. at the East Burnside and 102nd MAX station, Altstadt said.

Law enforcement officials confirmed a lot of evidence was seized and will be eventually processed.

Altstadt said the investigation has been on-going since April 2014.

Tobin pleaded not guilty in court Friday afternoon. His next court date is set for Nov. 14, 2014.

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