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A man was today sentenced after he was caught using a fake police warrant card and student ID to claim cheap train fares.

Ryan Farber, aged 37, of Temple Fortune Hill in Barnet, was sentenced to a two year community order at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

On 8 April this year, Farber was stopped by a train manager on board a Virgin Trains service from Manchester to Euston.

When asked to produce a ticket, he presented a warrant card and student travel card. The manager became suspicious and British Transport Police officers arrested Farber at Euston.

He was found to be in possession of a fake police ID and a student card, which he was not eligible to claim. Officers also found a quantity of Ketamine.

Farber had been vetted by a police force as part of his work and used the pass he had received to make up a fake warrant card.

Farber pleaded guilty to sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 and possession of a controlled drug Class B – Ketamine.

Investigating officer PC Thomas Quirke said: “Fare evasion might seem like a victimless crime but Farber deliberately defrauded train companies out of more than £1,600 – money that goes right back into running the railways.”

Farber was also ordered to pay costs of £1,796.20, commit to 25 days of rehabilitation and carry out 80 hours of unpaid work
There is no photo of Farber.

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