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September 19 2018
By Mike Jewell

Mike Jewell is the industry’s leading legal journalist, covering all key cases brought before Public Inquries, Tribunals, Magistrates and Crown Courts


Dead man’s bus pass used

One man's bus pass was used thousands of times after he had died it was said by the prosecution when the trial of the Directors of Penygroes based Express Motors accused of in concessionary fares fraud continued at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Eric Wyn Jones, of Gerallt, Bontnewydd, and his three sons Ian Wyn Jones, of Carmel Road, Penygroes, Keith Jones, of Caerberllan, Llanddaniel, Anglesey, and Kevin Wyn Jones, of Llwyn Beuno, Bontnewydd,  pleaded not guilty to conspiring together and with others unknown to commit fraud by false representation in that they instructed others to falsely swipe concessionary fare cards, did themselves falsely swipe concessionary fare cards and made false claims to Gwynedd County Council. 

They also pleaded not guilty to conspiring to hide, conceal, convert and disguise criminal property, namely money from Express Motors,  by failing to account for all cash taken,  failing to pay tax on those takings, and paying it into their personal bank accounts without declaring it as income [routeone/Court Report/12 September].

Reading witness statements, Matthew Dunford, prosecuting, said that Sandra Owen stated that she had been shown data by police which revealed her husband's card was used more than 7,700 times between June 2012 and August 2013. On one occasion the card had been used 11 times on the same bus service in a two-hour period. It was still being used after his death in April 2013.

Several other bus passes which were reported lost to Gwynedd County Council, were used thousands of times. In one instance a pass was used more than 23,000 times even though its holder had been issued with a replacement card which he used legitimately, the jury was told.

The trial is continuing.



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