Train manager Jemal Shevket fraudulently used credit card found at station
St Pancras Station, where
Shevket found the credit card
Train manager Jemal Shevket went off the rails after finding a
credit card at a London rail station.
The 26-year-old official knew he should have handed it in... but
instead kept it and then used it a year later to swindle cash from
his bosses at Southeastern trains.
But a judge at Canterbury Crown Court heard the Folkestone man
was able to pocket £3,000 despite the card being reported
missing in 2010.
And even when the card expired in 2012 the devious Shevket
changed the year to 2013... and carried on his fraud!
But the manager’s double dealings at Dover Priory Station
finally hit the buffers when police began an investigation and
discovered the scam.
Now Shevket, of Marine Crescent, Folkestone has been jailed for
nine months after admitting three frauds in June and September last
year and asking for 17 other offences to be considered. He also
pleaded guilty to theft by finding.
The card - which the manager claimed he found at St Pancras
Station in London – was reported missing to the bank on October 10
Canterbury Crown Court -
where Shevket's case was heard
The court heard how Shevket hit on a way to take cash bookings
for High Speed trains and then put the ticket through using the
stolen card – before pocketing the money.
And when the card expired in July 2012 – Shevket just changed
the year and successfully carried on the fraud until he was
He later told police officers that a friend, with whom he had
shared a flat, had left and he began running up debts “because he
was short of money”.
When police raided his home, they discovered debit card vouchers
and the stolen bank card.
The £3,042.82 which had been scammed, has since been repaid by
Judge Heather Norton, who heard that Shevket had a previous
conviction for a similar offence in 2004, told him: “Despite all
that has been said, you will have to go to prison because in
January 2012 when you had fallen into debt you set out on a
dishonest course of conduct to pay it off.
“You say you found the bank card on the floor but rather than
hand it in, you decided to keep it and use it. This is a clear
breach of trust over a long period of time and you have a similar
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