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Crook’s fake Oyster cards cost TfL £1m

Travel fraud: Shaquille Moore PICTURE: BTP

A CONMAN who ran an online travel card fraud that cost Transport for London £1million in lost earnings has been jailed.

Shaquille Moore, 27, sold fake Oyster cards allowing people over 18 to pay discounted child fares.

The falsified 16+ Zip Oyster photocards — which he sold on social media under the alias ‘Ben Franklin’ — allowed people to travel on the Tube and buses for half price or free.

Moore himself pocketed £35,000 from the scam, investigators said. But customers who found they faced prosecution raised the alarm in September 2018 and he was arrested by British Transport Police.

Det Con Mark Pink said: ‘This was a pre-planned, sophisticated fraud that resulted in significant revenue loss.’

Moore, of Anerley, south London, admitted fraud by false representation and was jailed for two years and eight months at Inner London crown court.

Richard Mullings, of TfL, warned: ‘We will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who fraudulently offers for sale Oyster cards to customers who are not eligible for our discounts.’