Fake rail tickets fraudster jailed for two years

A serial fraudster from Lancashire who scammed £40,000 from nine train companies through delay compensation schemes has been jailed for two years.

Thomas William Ingram, 34, from Blackpool, produced and printed hundreds of fake tickets and then submitted hundreds of claims nationwide using more than 40 aliases and false addresses.

The reimbursements for rail journeys he never made allowed him to fund multiple trips to Las Vegas, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

Ingram, of Fairfield Road, targeted rail firms from 2013 to 2018 before its financial investigators managed to trace the fraudulent payouts that were either transferred into his four personal bank accounts or alias PayPal accounts, BTP officials added.

Ingram was sentenced at Preston Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to nine counts of fraud.

"The delay repay scheme makes it easier for passengers to claim compensation when their journey is delayed. Unfortunately, Ingram targeted the scheme over a five-year period to fund his lifestyle, which included multiple trips to Las Vegas.

Gary Francis, BTP