Oyster scam newsagent ordered to pay £23k

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A newsagent from Cricklewood has been ordered to pay £23,978.64 for a two year Oyster card top-up scam from his Lambeth premises.

Girish Patel, 63, appeared at the Central Criminal Court on January 16 and was ordered to pay by July 17 or face further imprisonment.

The New Park Road, NW2 resident was previously convicted of two counts of fraud and jailed for 14 months in November 2013.

Officers worked with TfL’s Internal Audit Team, who identified that Patel was voiding ‘top-ups’ put on cards for commuters and keeping the cash for himself.

He would top up their oyster cards by a lesser amount than requested and then pocket the difference.

Only one of the defrauded customers could be traced as most of them used un-registered cards.

Patel’s contract with TfL as a ticket shop agent was cancelled and he will never be able to re-apply.

Patel denied owning any assets in the UK or abroad but following financial investigation it was found that he was the owner of a freehold property and had several thousands of pounds in several bank accounts.

“This was a despicable and contemptuous crime,” said Acting Detective Superintendent John Oldham, Roads and Transport Policing Command.

“As a result of his crime he has not only served a lengthy prison sentence, but is also being made to pay back the money he stole.”

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