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Gang found guilty of Oyster card scam - London

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A gang of sophisticated criminals who used cloned Oyster cards to illegally claim more than £370,000 in refunds have today been sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Remy Rankin, aged 27, of Furzen Crescent, Hatfield, was convicted of conspiracy to supply articles for use in fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

He was today sentenced to seven years in prison.

The following men pleaded guilty to the following offences at the start of the trial and were also sentenced today:

Nathan Jeffrey-Payne, aged 28, of Nutfield Gardens, Seven Kings, Ilford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply articles for use in fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and concealing criminal property. He was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison.

Prince Henry, aged 28, of Park Grove, Wood Green, London, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply articles for use in fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. He was today sentenced to four years in prison.

Jahmai Turner, aged 30, of Tivoli Road, Hornsey, London, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply articles for use in fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. He was today sentenced to four years and 11 months in prison.

Two further men – Oliver Kassrongo, aged 19, of Provost Estate, Hackney, and Brandon Massia, aged 19, of Dolllis Valley Way, Barnet, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

They were today sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment.

The men were sentenced as a result of a British Transport Police investigation which started in 2015 when Transport for London reported that first generation Oyster cards were being used repeatedly at ticket machines to obtain multiple refunds.

These first generation cards had since been replaced with new travel cards which were much more secure. However, the gang had managed to clone the old style cards and programmed them to show that they had a credit on them when they did not. 

Rankin and his gang then produced hundreds of these ‘cloned cards’  before recruiting people to visit various underground stations across London to use the cloned cards and get cash refunds from the machines for around £10 to £13 per card each  time.

The BTP investigation identified 16 people who were involved in the scam and were arrested by officers, including plain clothes officers, prosecuted for their parts in the fraud.

Further investigative work led officers to identify the criminals behind the fraud operation; Rankin, Payne, Henry, Turner, Kassrongo and Massia.

Payne, Turner, Henry and Krassongo were arrested on 16 August 2016 and Rankin was arrested on 23 August. Turner and Massia were arrested on 21 October. They were charged on 10 and 11 November, except for Buck Turner who skipped bail and was eventually located on 11 January this year and charged the same day.

Examination of mobile phone records showed that the offences were being organised by Payne and others. They recruited the various teams of people and supplied them with cloned oyster cards to use on the network, taking a cut from the fraudulently obtained money. Although Payne claimed to have no income, he had managed to buy a BMW car for £20,000 in cash at the height of the offending in July 2016.

Forensics work also linked the gang to the cloned oyster cards which had been shipped from Hong Kong.

Investigating officer, Det Con Jon Butterwick from the Cyber Crime Unit, said: “This was a large operation run by an organised crime gang which brought in hundreds of thousands of pounds for the offenders. Fortunately, TfL noticed the unusual refund activity and alerted BTP, and we were able to gather intelligence and evidence to identify the members of the crime group and bring them to justice. This was a sophisticated crime which required a specialised team to detect and provide the necessary evidence to put before the court.

“Fraudulent criminal activity like this ultimately cost the honest, fee-paying passengers who use the railway network.”

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