Former UB Student Admits to Defrauding Train & Bus Companies

Modified: October 15, 2018 10:58am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 20-year-old Atsu Bedjean of Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi to one count of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.

Between the Fall of 2016 and Spring of 2018, the defendant, a former University at Buffalo (UB) student, used credit card information belonging to numerous unsuspecting individuals to purchase dozens of train and bus tickets for friends, family members and fellow UB students online. Once he purchased the tickets with the victims’ credit card information, he would then sell the tickets to his “customers” at a discounted rate and pocket the ill-gotten gains.

None of the victims whose credit card information was compromised suffered any personal financial loss. The total loss to Amtrak was $21,028 and Adirondack Trailways lost a total of $7,764.

As part of his guilty plea, the defendant signed confessions of judgment for the foregoing amounts and has agreed to repay the transportation companies.   

Bedjean faces a maximum of 4 years in prison when he is sentenced on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

DA Flynn commends Investigator Adam Peterkin of the Amtrak Police Department and Detective DJ Rehberg of the UB Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Jurusik from the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau.