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PSNI and Translink NI Railways clamp down on ticket fraud

December 17th 2013

Police and Translink have welcomed the sentence handed down to a 38 year old man at Craigavon Magistrates' Court on Friday, 6 December.

Grezegorz Pietrzkiewicz was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, fined £600 and ordered to pay compensation of £1200 after being found guilty of obtaining services dishonestly.

Pietrzkiewicz came to the attention of police after Translink reported fraudulent activity in relation to an online ticket purchase. Police liaised with Translink and arrested Pietrkiewicz on Thursday, 19 September, 2013. Enquiries showed that tickets bought on the app had been fraudulently altered.

Detective Sergeant Upton, PSNI E District CID, explained: "Pietrzkiewicz made full admissions during his interview with police and co-operated fully however this should send a clear message to the public that offences of this nature will be treated with the utmost seriousness. No one has the right to avoid payment for services and anyone that does should rest assured that they will find themselves answering charges before the courts."

Hilton Parr, Head of Rail Customer Services Translink said, “The fraudulent activity of this passenger was detected by our online fraud protection systems which identified immediately that the information on his ticket had been tampered with.  We worked closely with the PSNI to compile a robust body of evidence against Mr Pietrzkiewicz , resulting in his arrest and subsequent prosecution.  

We take all forms of fraud very seriously - the positive results of this operation clearly demonstrate how we are working with the PSNI to tackle crime and in particular fare evasion.  This sends out a very strong message to deter any would be perpetrators.

We regularly highlight to the wider public the consequences of using or manufacturing counterfeit tickets, and we take the opportunity to name those who are caught. The vast majority of our customers do pay their fares, but for the small number who attempt to evade paying for their travel, they can expect a fine, and/or prosecuted for fare evasion or ticketing fraud.  The latter can result in a criminal record, seriously damage future employment prospects and even ruin plans to work or travel abroad. These potential consequences simply aren’t worth the risk - pay the fare or pay the penalty.”

Published
17/12/2013

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