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
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.

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