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Rail fraudster used 125 IDs for £40k delay scam

A PASSENGER used 125 fake IDs to dupe a rail company into paying him almost £40,000 in compensation for late trains, a court heard.

Gary Thompson, 47, admitted fraud by using Adobe Photoshop to doctor 192 images of tickets he uploaded to the London North Eastern Railway’s online Delay Repay service under different aliases, and then funnelling £39,371 into his account via PayPal.

He used the internet to find which trains were running late on the east coast mainline and altered tickets to claim he had been delayed on them.

Angus Taylor, prosecuting, said the firm paid out £39,371 between last March and July but got some back when the scam was uncovered. By then Thompson had taken £23,216.

At Newcastle crown court, Judge Tim Gittins sentenced Thompson, of Bedlington, Northumberland, to ten months in jail, suspended for 18 months, 150 hours unpaid work, a six-month night curfew and told him to pay £2,500 compensation.