IT expert forged his rail tickets for two years

Fri Oct 2, 2009 10:55am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - An information technology expert who used his skills to forge rail tickets and save himself 12,500 pounds ($20,000) in fares on his daily commute was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence on Friday.

Consultant Jonathan Moore, 27, designed and produced phony tickets for rail trips from East Sussex on England's south coast to London for more than two years, Brighton Crown Court heard.

Moore, from Hove, was caught when an eagle-eyed ticket inspector spotted his bogus ticket during a routine inspection, the Press Association reported.

A further 11 forged tickets dating back to 2006 were discovered in a plastic wallet in which Moore kept his ticket.

A laptop seized at his home also contained designs for more than 70 other fraudulent tickets.

He was given the suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty in August to fraud, making 74 forged travel tickets and possessing 11 forged tickets.

He was also ordered to repay the unpaid ticket charges.

(Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi; Editing by Steve Addison)