Five Charged with $66K Turnpike Toll Theft
Five southeast Pennsylvania residents have been charged in Bucks County with theft of services stemming from thousands of dollars in unpaid turnpike tolls.
Criminal complaints filed last week accuse the motorists in more than 1,700 combined violations totaling more than $66,000 in tolls owed to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
Jonathan J. Quinty, 37, of East Greenville, Montgomery County, traveled the turnpike without paying 542 times between Sept. 14, 2016, and April 7, according to a criminal complaint. He typically accessed the turnpike at the Quakertown interchange as he accrued a debt of $22,751.55.
Rachel A. Andershonis, 26, of Bensalem, entered the turnpike in her hometown to take 311 unpaid rides between March 20, 2018, to April 23, her complaint says. She owes $19,522.20.
Robert A. Mansfield, 48, of Philadelphia, also travelled the turnpike through Bensalem, a criminal complaint says, racking up $16,716 in unpaid tolls in 484 trips from March 1, 2014, to April 28, 2019.
Antonio R. Green Jr., 31, of Bensalem, failed to pay for 97 rides on the turnpike again through Bensalem, according to his criminal complaint, earning a bill of $4,009.70.
Thomas A. Macrina, 40, of Warminster, took 331 unpaid turnpike trips through Bensalem, his complaint says, and owes $3,517.30.
Each charged with a single felony theft count, four of the five defendants were arraigned last week by District Judge Joseph P. Falcone who set bail at $20,000 unsecured in each case. Macrina has not yet been arraigned. All defendants except Mansfield also were charged for driving without being properly licensed.
The charges come as part of a continued crackdown on the most extreme cases of drivers using the state’s toll roads without paying. The five charged last week are the second crop of drivers in a year to be charged in Bucks County, which is home to some of the state’s most frequently flouted turnpike interchanges.
Previous cases have helped the Turnpike Commission recover tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid tolls.
Offending motorists typically enter and exit the turnpike through E-ZPass lanes, where cameras photograph vehicles as they pass through. The amount a driver owes is calculated based on the driver’s entry and exit locations.However, a driver can be charged for traveling the full length of the turnpike if an entry or exit point cannot be determined.
Arrears may be adjusted as patterns of travel are established.
The cases have been assigned for prosecution to Assistant District Attorney Brittney Kern.
Contact: Brittney Kern, 215.348.6304, firstname.lastname@example.org