State: Man accused of selling bus passes meant for students

COLUMBUS (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of selling stolen bus passes intended for an Ohio school district’s neediest students has been charged with telecommunications fraud.

The Ohio Auditor’s Office said in a statement that 31-year-old Jason Morris was arrested Friday after allegedly selling four stolen Central Ohio Transit Authority bus passes to an undercover investigator for $100. Authorities say the passes stolen from the Columbus City Schools were meant for students who are homeless or from low-income homes.

Investigators say the Whitehall man received at least 100 bus passes worth more than $6,000 from a Columbus schools employee who hasn’t been charged.

Court records don’t show an attorney for Morris.

School district officials say they will examine controls on the bus-pass program.

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