“Rahman’s criminality spanned more than a year"
Mohammed Rahman, aged 29, of London, was jailed for three years after he abused his position as a ticket office clerk in order to carry out a fraud operation worth nearly £280,000.
Inner London Crown Court heard his crimes were committed over a 13-month period between September 2017 and November 2018.
While working for Govia Thameslink Railway as a ticket office clerk at Cricklewood station, Rahman hacked the rail company’s computer system for personal financial gain.
Rahman conducted sophisticated manual overrides in order to get around the ticket machine’s safeguarding measures, taking advantage of his specialist training.
This confused the system to produce replacement tickets, even though there was no original ticket or customer that required a replacement.
As a result of his fraudulent activity, Rahman caused £277,000 of revenue loss to Govia Thameslink Railway, his employers at the time.
The ticket office clerk was monitored on CCTV operating the cash register with no customers present at the service window.
This happened five times on August 31, 2018, and the time of his activity corresponded to a list of fraudulent transactions.
A review of the ticket office’s activity took place to identify the full extent of the fraud. This led to £277,000 worth of activity being uncovered.
Rahman was interviewed by British Transport Police (BTP), however, he responded “no comment” to all questions asked. The matter was then put to proof.
The investigation led to Rahman’s arrest. He was subsequently charged for fraud by abuse of position.
On August 26, 2020, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Rahman pleaded guilty to the charge.
BTP Sergeant, Tarrick Patrick, said: “Rahman’s criminality spanned more than a year and resulted in significant financial loss for Govia Thameslink Railway.
“He used his position of trust to hack his employer’s system and steal £277,000 worth of tickets in a shameless act of fraud – greedily getting ever-more emboldened as time went on.
“This boldness ultimately led to Rahman coming to notice and being the author of his own demise.”
“The sentence passed by the court is reflective of the trust Rahman abused and the revenue lost by Govia Thameslink Railway.
“This was a complex investigation that pulled on a number of specialist departments, namely the financial investigation unit, and I would like to say thank you to all involved in bringing this case to court.”
On November 9, 2020, Rahman was sentenced to three years in prison. He was also required to pay a victim surcharge of £170.