Bent MetroCard Earns 2-Year Prison Sentence

Jonathan Mattocks lost his appeal and will probably go to prison for two years for bending his MetroCard. Apparently creasing the "primary magnetic field" on the card can fool a subway turnstile into giving you a free ride -- the MTA claims eight million such frauds a year, but that sounds like an accounting stunt. Mattocks was expecting at most a three-month bid, but the court charged him with a felony, and the Court of Appeals has upheld that draconian sentence. So you can now presume the $2 fraud, or any official misapprehension of such, can lead to a couple years in the joint. Better start keeping your MetroCard in a metal case, citizens.

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