Commuters conned in a £6,000 Oyster card fraud

An Oyster-approved newsagent ripped-off London commuters during a fraud which netted him £6,000. Mariathas Thevathas stole money from top-up cards over 18 months, docking a few pounds each time.

Croydon Crown Court ordered Mariathas Thevathas to carry out 150 hours community service Credit: Press Association

Even though Oyster users are given a receipt confirming the credit, dishonest agents can void the transaction for a lower amount and keep the difference. Transport for London investigators admit there is currently no way of stopping the practice.