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    Advice about ticket fraud

    Thanks that is a really helpful suggestion - I will look in to that.
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    Advice about ticket fraud

    Thanks - yes I keep thinking that surely that is the more likely outcome. I mean given the circumstances it would be really quite harsh of someone to say I should be taken to court over this, especially as I can pay it back as of tomorrow. I just don't see why it would make any sense to go to...
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    Thanks I hope they see it that way too. And yes I have seen it mentioned that fare evasion brings the risk of prosecution but I assumed (foolishly) that it was very rare and only in the cases of serious, repeat offences. If I had any idea that this could happen I wouldn't have dreamed of taking...
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    Thanks guys I appreciate your comments and help. I will send that letter off and try to call them because I really need to get this settled as soon as possible.
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    Ok thanks - this better? Dear Sir or Madam, I am writing regarding an offence I committed on 21st August 2019 travelling on a Southeastern Trains service between Shortlands and Herne Hill, with the final destination of my journey being Farringdon. I did not have a valid ticket for all of this...
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    Letter below - shall I leave out the grovelling at the end? Dear Sir or Madam, I am writing regarding an offence I committed on 21st August 2019 travelling on a Southeastern Trains service between Shortlands and Herne Hill, with the final destination of my journey being Farringdon. I did not...
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    Advice about ticket fraud

    Ok well that's reassuring to know, thanks for that.
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    I told her that I had no money as I've been struggling recently with substance abuse problems and she wrote in the report that I had 'fallen on hard times' - she asked if they would see other zone 1-2 tickets against my photocard number and I said no they will be for zones 1-4 whenever I have...
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    Ok thanks - at least I should be able to go to the states for my son's birth without too much concern about this, even if I can't visit beyond that. I have really ****ed myself. I understand the line has to be drawn somewhere but it seems harsh to break a family up because someone couldn't...
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    Ok thanks - any idea how long it will be from when they send the letter to the court date? Is it likely to be within a month, say, from when they write to me or will it be quite a while? Also I will be able to pay them tomorrow - should I contact them and offer to pay?
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    Advice about ticket fraud

    I know it seems hard to believe but I have screwed my finances so much that I can't get any form of credit and when I have run out of money in my account that is it - I have no money at all until I next get paid. I can show my bank statement that would prove I had 0 this week and tomorrow will...
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    Yes I can prove that my bank account has been empty this week and will have money tomorrow. It is entirely true that I didn't have the money although not saying that makes it ok to get on the train without valid tickets. It is just the reality of the situation and I have been buying correct...
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    Thanks- the problem is that I should be in the states when the letter arrives so I have to contact them first and explain that.
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    Advice about ticket fraud

    In fairness I am a recovering addict so I deserve everything I get, which as it stands is not being able to go and see my new born son. I am trying my to get back on my feet but yes it's my fault ultimately.
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    Advice about ticket fraud

    The same reason I can pay them on Friday this week. I get paid from both of my jobs on Friday but have not had enough money this week to cover my costs.
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    Can anyone else offer some speculation as to whether I'm going to end up with a criminal record over this?!
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    Thanks for your replies so far, much appreciated.
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    The thing is that I genuinely couldn't afford the correct ticket - my thinking was that if I get caught I will be given a fine which I will pay when I have the money. It hasn't been an attempt to just get away with cheaper tickets for the sake of it. And yes it was technically intentional...
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    I am going to write to them first - my girlfriend is in the States right now and due to give birth in 2 months time. If I get a criminal prosecution it would prevent me from visiting my new born child - I'm so ****ed it is unreal. I know it is my fault, I just never imagined it would be taken...
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    On the train at Penge East station by Southeastern revenue officers. They took my details/statement and said I would get a letter in the coming weeks. How long was it until you heard from them in your case?

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