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N.Y. MTA seeks to recover money made off transit imposter's film

Posted on March 22, 2016


NEW YORK CITY — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Monday that it will try to recoup any money transit imposter, Darius McCollum makes off a feature film in development about his life stealing buses and trains, reported The Associated Press.

McCollum, who's been arrested 30 times for transit-related crimes, told AP that his uncontrollable obsession with buses and trains is because of an autism-spectrum disorder and he needs help. He was most recently arrested in November, when he was accused of stealing a Greyhound bus from a terminal in New Jersey and driving it to Brooklyn.

The 50-year-old McCollum, who 's story has been in newspapers and magazines for decades, had the subway map memorized by age 8. A documentary about his life, "Off the Rails," will premiere at a film festival in Durham, N.C. in April and a feature film, tentatively titled "Train Man," was sold to a financer and is set to star Julia Roberts as McCollum's attorney, Sally Butler, according to the AP report.

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