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Middle-class train fare dodgers used forged first class monthly season tickets and car park passes worth £2,000
Three friends with 'responsible jobs' told by judge they have 'arrogant disregard for morality'

Architect received money for supplying forged tickets

Judge claims 'Actions have hiked prices for everyone'

By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 16:26, 7 August 2012 | UPDATED: 19:21, 7 August 2012
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 An architect who forged luxury rail tickets worth £2,000 for two friends in return for cash has avoided prison.
Neil Stantiall, 40, faked first class train tickets and car park passes for John McInally, 46, who runs a Southampton construction firm employing 50 workers, and construction worker Mark Batt, 34.


The scam was carried out by changing the date on a £849.50 first class monthly season train pass from Southampton to London Waterloo.

The court heard Stantiall did this by scanning the old tickets on to a computer and altering them.
They also copied £130 monthly station car park tickets.
The three men admitted conspiring to commit fraud by false representation at Southampton Crown Court, on Friday.

The men were described by a judge as having 'an arrogant disregard' for honesty.
Their scam was only discovered last July when a rail community officer spotted a fake parking ticket on the dashboard of McInally’s Citroen Xsara at Southampton Airport Parkway.
Unlike genuine tickets, it was blank on the back.

When police stopped McInally leaving the car park, a further two monthly tickets, worth £130 each, were recovered, suggesting he had parked for the months of May, June and some of July without paying.
When he was searched a fourth fake car parking ticket for April 2010 was found as well as the first class monthly season ticket for train travel to Waterloo worth £849.50.
 
The fake train and parking tickets that John McInally , Neil Stantiall and Mark Batt used to dodge more than £2,000 in fares
McInally's phone was seized and text messages were found between him and Stantiall, of Whitely, Hampshire, and Batt, of Southampton, which led police to arrest them, the court heard.
Officers raided Batt’s home and found a month’s first class railway ticket.
No tickets were found at Stantiall’s address but the court heard 'it was clear from the text that he was responsible for supplying the tickets and he had received at least some money for it'.
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Judge Susan Evans QC told the dishonest trio they had caused the railway company a 'significant loss', leading to hiked prices for everyone.
She said: 'This was not just an error of judgement, this was serious dishonesty.
'You are all intelligent individuals with responsible jobs.

'You have had opportunities in life that many have not been fortunate to have.
'You were all confident you were all too clever to get caught out and you had an arrogant disregard for the basic qualities of honesty and morality.'
The men, who were described as well-respected, admitted conspiring to commit fraud by false representation and were handed suspended jail terms and fines totalling more than £3,000 last Friday.
Stantiall was given a 16 weeks prison sentence, suspended for two years, and 250 hours of unpaid work.
McInally got 12 weeks, suspended for two years, and 200 hours of unpaid work.
And Batt, was handed a ten week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and 180 hours of unpaid work.
 
In mitigation, McInally’s barrister described him as a family man who does charity work and is “extremely ashamed” of taking the opportunity to save some money.
Stantiall stooped to the fraud after his wife lost her job, it was heard.
And Batt had been left with financial woes after his wife racked up £20,000 in credit card debts and walked out on him, his barrister said.
Detective Constable Phil James, of the British Transport Police, said: 'Detectives carried out a detailed investigation into the trio and stopped them in their tracks.
'We will continue to work closely with rail companies to ensure that those who seek to make financial gain in this way are brought to justice.
'I hope this strong sentence sends a clear message that the police and the courts will not tolerate this sort of fraudulent activity.'

 From: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2184883/Middle-class-train-fare-fraudsters-created-fake-class-monthly-season-tickets-car-park-passes-worth-2-000.html


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