Lara Tepper, 25, said she took the 5:27 p.m. train out of Hicksviille on August 5 and was headed to meet friends for dinner in Manhattan when the incident occurred. Tepper claims a female conductor came to punch the 10-trip ticket that she had bought for $66 in July and had already used four times.
The conductor apparently looked at the ticket and told Tepper it was fake because it was missing am MTA logo hologram usually found on the tickets.
Tepper insisted the ticket was real, but the conductor reportedly told her to speak with a manager when she arrived at Penn Station. However, when Tepper arrived, she said she was met by several police officers who instead escorted her into a holding cell at the MTA police's offices..
While there, she reportedly was patted down, had her purse searched, her battery removed from her cell phone and was even told to remove her shoes and belt.
Tepper said it was later revealed that her ticket was legitimate after a lieutenant brought it to a veteran conductor, who found the hidden MTA logo on the back of the ticket. Investigators later found that Tepper had indeed bought the ticket from the Hicksville station - but found the ticket had been printed on stock that had been out of circulation for years.
The LIRR issued a statement, in part, saying the agency"regrets the unfortunate incident that led to the detention of Ms. Tepper," and said as soon as it was revealed Tepper's ticket was real she was released.