City worker Damilola Anderson spared jail for £46,000 rail ticket fraud

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A City banking analyst who masterminded a train ticket fraud using stolen credit card details has been spared jail.

Damilola Anderson’s career in finance now lies in tatters after he admitted the nine-month-long scam on online retailer thetrainline.com.

Hundreds of attempts to buy tickets were traced to his computer at Leicester University, where he was studying economics. Anderson, 21, graduated this summer and got a job as a product deposit analyst for Amicus Finance.

Blackfriars crown court  heard he had answered a Gumtree advert offering cheap train tickets, and became involved in buying them using stolen card details. He made £46,000 worth of attempts to purchase them through thetrainline.com, obtaining £4,795 worth between 2015 and last year.

He was caught with fraudulently bought tickets in his wallet, the court heard. Yesterday Judge Michael Simon sentenced him to 18 months in jail suspended for 18 months, noting that his brief City career may now be over.

Anderson, of Rainham, admitted fraud by false representation and possession of articles for use in fraud. He must do 150 hours of community service and pay £1,200 in costs.


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