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NYC seeks to recover money made off transit impostor’s film

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City transit officials are trying to make sure a man who’s been arrested 30 times for transit-related crimes doesn’t profit from a feature film being made about him.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Monday that it will pursue any funds paid to Darius McCollum under the state’s Son of Sam law, which restricts a criminal’s ability to profit off crimes. The 50-year-old McCollum was most recently arrested in November, when he was accused of stealing a Greyhound bus from a depot in New Jersey.

McCollum has an autism-spectrum disorder that was diagnosed later in his life. He says he can’t control his obsession with trains and buses and needs help, not jail time.

Lawyer Sally Butler says she will fight the MTA.

The film is rumored to star Julia Roberts.