High-flying hedge fund manager dodged paying £42,550 in train fares

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A senior city executive is believed to have dodged more than £42,000 in train fares after exploiting a loophole which meant he only paid a third of the journey cost.

The hedge fund manager is thought to have spent five years "tapping out" through the barriers at London Cannon Street with an Oyster Travelcard rather than paying the full fare for the one hour and 22 minute journey from Stonegate in East Sussex, a spokesman for Southeastern trains confirmed. Source: Press Association

The man, who was not named, is believed to have caught the train from the rural station with no barriers, avoiding ticket inspectors on the train and changing at London Bridge to catch a connecting service to Cannon Street.

The executive used an Oyster card to pass through the barriers, paying the then maximum £7.20 fare incurred when a passenger taps out through a barrier without having tapped in.

He was eventually caught in November last year by a ticket inspector standing next to the barriers and was able to pay the £42,550 in dodged fares and £450 in legal costs within three days as part of an out-of-court settlement, according to the train company.

Southeastern's investigators discovered that the man had bought an annual season ticket from Stonegate up until 2008, but within five days of being challenged at Cannon Street he renewed his lapsed ticket which led them to believe he had been evading the fare for five years.

A Southeastern spokesman said: "We recognise that this issue is important to customers who pay their way and expect the system to treat them with fairness by acting against people who don't buy tickets.

"This case highlights the cost of fare evasion to the industry and the scale of the penalties that individuals face when caught.

"We hope it will act as a deterrent, particularly given that the sum involved is far above the average earnings of most of the fare-paying public."

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