- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A Foxborough woman has been sentenced to a year in jail for her role in a $4 million phony MBTA pass scam.

The Salem News (http://bit.ly/1LLyCxD ) reports that Amal Susan Zakhary-Gillis was sentenced Tuesday in Salem Superior Court to 2 1/2 years behind bars, with a year to serve, and three years of probation after pleading guilty to three counts of receiving stolen property.

Prosecutors say Zakhary-Gillis made more than $200,000 from the scheme masterminded by Andres Townes of Revere, who made the counterfeit passes while working at a Beverly company contracted by the MBTA to make real passes.

Authorities say Zakhary-Gillis sold the phony passes to commuters south of Boston.

Townes and three others have previously been convicted.

The scheme was discovered by an alert commuter rail conductor.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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