Five men accused in a TTC Metropass scam are now facing more charges, Toronto police said Friday, accused of being part of a Canada-wide criminal organization.

They were in custody for allegedly using forged debit cards to purchase legitimate transit passes.

On Friday, police said they’re also part of a Canada-wide ring to forge credit cards.

Police say that looked at computer equipment belonging to one of the accused and found credit card data belonging to 30,700 people.

They’re now facing 69 additional charges.

Umasangar Ramasamy, 33, was charged with commission of an offence for a criminal organization; manufacturing a credit card forgery device; 18 counts of possession of credit card forgery device; 36 counts of fraudulent possession of credit card data; eight counts of possession of property obtained by crime and possession of counterfeit government mark.

Jigme Lhundup, 23, was charged with participation in a criminal organization.

Tenzin Namsal, 24, was charged with participation in a criminal organization.

Tennzin Delek, 28, was charged with participation in a criminal organization.

Tsering Choden, 26, was charged with fraudulent possession of credit card data.

The investigation, dubbed Project Rocket, began in June. While the Metropass scam losses amounted to about $180,000, police said, the TTC didn’t lose any money.
Banks covered the losses, police said.
Police allege they found 168 counterfeit debit cards and 29 fraudulently obtained TTC monthly passes when they initially arrested the men.