Fraudster is jailed for two years after using fake train tickets to claim £40,000 from delay compensation schemes he then splashed on trips to Las Vegas
- A man who conned £40,000 from train companies has been jailed for two years
- Thomas William Ingram, 34, spent five years making false delay compensation claims after producing hundreds of fake tickets with false aliases
- The Blackpool resident used that money to fund multiple trips to Las Vegas
- Ingram was sentenced at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to fraud
A serial fraudster who scammed £40,000 from nine train companies through delay compensation schemes to fund trips to Las Vegas has been jailed for two years.
Thomas William Ingram, 34, from Blackpool, Lancashire, produced and printed hundreds of fake tickets and then submitted hundreds of claims nationwide using more than 40 aliases and false addresses.
Thomas William Ingram, 34, has been jailed for two years for scamming £40,000 from rail companies
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.
He firstly targeted the chargeback method to pay for rail travel using an account that contained no cash and then in 2016 he turned to using the delay repay compensation scheme.
He was arrested and a search of his home found £7,300 in cash, along with a number of printers, laptops and other items used in the commission of the offences.
Ingram was sentenced at Preston Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to nine counts of fraud.
BTP financial investigator Gary Francis said: ‘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.
‘This case is testament to the partnership working between BTP and train operating companies, and serves as a warning to others that this type of fraudulent activity will be treated seriously and result in prosecution.’
The 34-year-old made multiple trips to Las Vegas with the £40,000 he fraudulently made
BTP investigating officer Detective Sergeant Paddy Kerr said: ‘Scams like these don’t just affect train operating companies but also the passengers that use them.
‘The delay repay compensation scheme was put in place to compensate honest fare-paying members of the travelling public who have genuinely been inconvenienced by delayed trains.
‘This isn’t a victimless crime. It is not right that someone should use dishonest means to steal from legitimate companies to fund a lavish lifestyle while impacting on the costs of rail fares for honest, paying passengers.’
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