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Four sentenced for fraud - London and South

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Four students have been sentenced to two years in prison each for committing fraud on the railway network with cloned credit cards they purchased on the dark web using Bitcoin.

A British Transport Police investigation, Operation Moonshine, uncovered the fraud after Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) noticed a large number of transactions were being charged back to them by credit card companies.

It transpired multiple tickets were purchased using cards with compromised details programmed into them where the person used a swipe card and signed a receipt rather than a chip and pin.

The credit card companies would then claim money back from the train operator because the transaction was fraudulent.

On 26 April 2016, BTP executed warrants at the homes of the suspects and seized thousands of pounds worth of cash which had been locked in a Louis Vuitton bag as well as numerous cards with magnetic strips.

The cards were found to have had the magnetic stripes reprogrammed with stolen credit card details from companies based in Canada and the United States. These stolen credit card details are thought to have been purchased on the dark web with Bitcoin.

The cards were then used to buy things like gift cards, phone top up cards and pre-paid cards which could then be easily sold to be converted into cash.

On Tuesday 19 December, Olakunle Akinnugba, aged 25 and Olabode Akinnugba, aged 26, of Clemence Road, Dagenham and Reuben Joseph-Brown, aged 25, of High Level Drive, London, were all convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation at Blackfriars Crown Court and each sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

Edwin Sarpong, aged 25, of Broadstone House, Dorset Road, London, was also convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment.   

In total between 16 October 2015 and 26 April 2016 they committed more than £54,000 worth of fraud.

Investigating officer, Det Con Keef Cook, said: “The sentences handed down by the court show that these offences are taken seriously and affect not only the companies that issue the genuine credit card details but the holders of these genuine credit cards who then have to deal with the stress and worry of having fraudulent transactions occur on their accounts through no fault of their own.”

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