Boris bike scammers jailed for £42,000 fraud

Pair paid bogus refunds to friends from TfL call centre

by Sarah Barth   June 19, 2012  

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Two Boris bike workers who made bogus refund payments to friends totalling £42,000 have been jailed.

Nana Boateng and Jose Dias, both 26, worked in the cycle hire customer contact centre, where they authorised false refunds to seven friends. They made a guilty plea in March at Southwark Crown Court.

The refund payments are typically made to customers who are charged wrongly for their bike use; from a £1 charge when there is no paper in the machine to print a bike release code on, to a £300 charge for failing to dock a bike properly on its return.

Working in the north London contact centre, Dias paid out over £24,000 to friends over a two-day period, the Independent reported.

The scam began when the pair realised that TfL was not enforcing the rule that cash refunds had to be authorised by a manager, and began issuing them themselves, between September and December 2010.

Boateng was jailed for nine months, including one month for breaching an order for a separate offence, and Dias was sentenced to six months in jail.

Boateng’s barrister, Alexander Williams, called the crime ‘opportunistic’ and said that his client had only received around £8,000, of which he sent half to a sick aunt in Ghana.

Judge Alistair McCreath also handed out suspended prison sentences and community orders to the seven friends, who were convicted of money laundering offences.

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"you're a racist arse" again personally abusive, I have not been personally abusive to anyone on this forum.

posted by dreamlx10 [133 posts]
20th June 2012 - 14:32

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"Kevin Prince Boateng is German. José Gonzalez is Swedish." Hmmm I think you're stretching things a bit there.

posted by dreamlx10 [133 posts]
20th June 2012 - 14:34

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dreamlx10 wrote:
"casual racism" Is pointing out the obvious racism ? ...

The problem is that it's not obvious (to me, anyway) what you are pointing out. It looks like you're implying that because these people have foreign sounding (to you) names, that it's not surprising they stole thousands of pounds.

If I've misinterpreted you, you have the opportunity to put me (and my foreign sounding name) straight. You'll notice I haven't yet called you racist, just pointed out that your comment could give that impression.

posted by kaska [11 posts]
20th June 2012 - 14:34

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dreamlx10 wrote:

Alleged racism bad, personal abuse ok? Is that about right ?

Yes. Can someone just delete this idiot's account or shall we just continue with personal abuse they deserve?

posted by jsim72 [6 posts]
20th June 2012 - 14:34

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Jimmy Carr, say no more.

Weasel is as weasel does

posted by axisofweasel [23 posts]
20th June 2012 - 14:36

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dreamlx10 wrote:
"you're a racist arse" again personally abusive, I have not been personally abusive to anyone on this forum.

Seriously? You're still crying about being given stick for a racist remark? There has to be some irony in there somewhere!

No you weren't abusive to anyone on this forum. Just to two people you haven't met based on their possible ethnicity.

Still waiting to hear you elaborate on the first comment?

Weasel is as weasel does

posted by axisofweasel [23 posts]
20th June 2012 - 14:36

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dreamlx10 wrote:
"you're a racist arse" again personally abusive, I have not been personally abusive to anyone on this forum.

Maybe not, but you have been a racist arse.

posted by jsim72 [6 posts]
20th June 2012 - 14:37

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dreamlx10 wrote:
"Kevin Prince Boateng is German. José Gonzalez is Swedish." Hmmm I think you're stretching things a bit there.

not really, boateng was born in germany, and gonzalez in sweden. hence, they're german and swedish, respectively.

unless... well, they do sound a bit, y'know, foreign. and all them foreign are crooks. so they might be lying.

care to explain your first comment and how it isn't racist? then all this stops.

Thinking

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posted by Barry Fry-up [187 posts]
20th June 2012 - 14:45

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It isn't racist as there is no mention by me of nationality, skin colour or any other type of sensitive profile.

posted by dreamlx10 [133 posts]
20th June 2012 - 15:08

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"Maybe not, but you have been a racist arse" Yet again personally abusive to me when I have not been abusive to you.

posted by dreamlx10 [133 posts]
20th June 2012 - 15:09

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It seems to me that dreamx10 has backed themselves into a corner and is just shouting loudly with their fingers in their ears at anyone who's questioning the original comment.

The answer is simple: justify it and we'll all move on. Otherwise, shut up and accept the backlash for your stupidity.

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posted by hatchet harry [13 posts]
20th June 2012 - 15:13

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dreamlx10 wrote:
It isn't racist as there is no mention by me of nationality, skin colour or any other type of sensitive profile.

What exactly did you mean by your first comment? Clearly some of us have interpreted it as being xenophobic and bigoted (or, in common parlance, racist). What did you mean to imply by stating their names and then "say no more"? Why not clear your name by explaining this misunderstanding?

posted by kaska [11 posts]
20th June 2012 - 15:15

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"Why not clear your name" Clear my name of what ? Is this a sixteenth century witch hunt, what happened to innocent until proven guilty ?

posted by dreamlx10 [133 posts]
20th June 2012 - 15:17

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"your stupidity" Again personally abusive.

posted by dreamlx10 [133 posts]
20th June 2012 - 15:19

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dreamlx10 wrote:
"Why not clear your name" Clear my name of what ? Is this a sixteenth century witch hunt, what happened to innocent until proven guilty ?

Clear your name of the suspicion of being a xenophobic bigot. You made a comment which at face value appears to be that of a racist. You have been invited to clarify if this was intended. You have chosen not to.

It's hardly the Spanish inquisition (good thing too, those dirty foreigners), just an opportunity for you to let people know that you're not as ignorant and hateful as your first post implies, and that it's all been a big misunderstanding.

posted by kaska [11 posts]
20th June 2012 - 15:27

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dreamlx10, I was going to offer to lend you my shovel to carry on digging this tremendous hole you seem to have got yourself into...but it looks as though you've fashioned some kind of tool out of the words 'personally' and 'abusive' and that's doing a pretty good job for you at the mo.

Carry on.

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posted by hatchet harry [13 posts]
20th June 2012 - 15:35

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dreamlx10 wrote:
It isn't racist as there is no mention by me of nationality, skin colour or any other type of sensitive profile.

Ah, so you clearly mean then that it's your personal experience that people with those particular names (I'm not sure if it's the surname, or the first name, or both) are habitual crooks.

And it's nothing to do with them just being a bit foreign-sounding, and hence suspect. If you're a bit racist.

Thanks for clearing that up Thinking

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posted by Barry Fry-up [187 posts]
20th June 2012 - 15:46

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Maybe referring to Nana and Jose only really committing a minor fraud when all the really big fraud is committed by white men in suits claiming to be in banking or insurance.

Pointing out an ethnic divide is not racism.

So Dream .... what was your point?

posted by veseunr [279 posts]
20th June 2012 - 15:46

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Let his epitath read: "Personally Abusive!"

No you haven't been offensive (sorry but personally abusive is grating now) to anyone here. The point is the original remark was racist. Unless of course you could enlighten us to the real meaning.

Whats worse than your racism is the fact that you don't even have the courage to stand up for your convictions. Instead you cry "personally abusive!" as a shield for your racist bile.

Spineless, pathetic and despicable you make me ashamed to call myself Scottish. Unless of course you were seeking asylum in Cumbernauld perhaps?

Weasel is as weasel does

posted by axisofweasel [23 posts]
20th June 2012 - 15:52

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dreamlx10 wrote:
Nana Boateng, Jose Dias, say no more.

Based on the comments this has generated, perhaps you should say some more. What exactly does this mean? Just to clarify, like. Confused

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posted by ColT [207 posts]
20th June 2012 - 16:33

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Can you please set up a separate thread, preferably on a separate forum for all the above?

I came one here to read something about Boris Bikes and fraud, although the "fraud" appears to be in the misleading article post......

posted by Rvizzle [97 posts]
20th June 2012 - 22:17

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dreamlx10 wrote:
"your stupidity" Again personally abusive.

There's no abuse in my comment. I'd just like you to explain what you said in your first post and justify your reasons for making it. Once you've made this point clear, we can all move on.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2132 posts]
20th June 2012 - 22:20

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I love road.cc! Big Grin Kiss Kiss

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posted by scotter [64 posts]
20th June 2012 - 22:38

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normally i reserve the pictures of kittens for helmet debates, but i'm prepared to make an exception here Thinking

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7252 posts]
20th June 2012 - 22:57

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That Cameron Diaz must be a real nasty piece of work, if names are anything to go by. Confused

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posted by grumsk4 [3 posts]
20th June 2012 - 22:58

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ColT wrote:
dreamlx10 wrote:
Nana Boateng, Jose Dias, say no more.

Based on the comments this has generated, perhaps you should say some more. What exactly does this mean? Just to clarify, like. Confused

"A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat eh? Say no more eh, eh?"

OldRidgeback

posted by OldRidgeback [2132 posts]
21st June 2012 - 9:13

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The nationality of the perpetrators, and their 'race' has obscured everything else here (there is an argument that the term 'race' is 'racist' in itself, i.e. that there's no scientific justification for the idea of 'race'). Whatever their origins, they have committed a shameful crime - what about some comments on that?

The Boris Bikes were a fantastic idea, but Transport London has got the pricing horribly wrong in my humble opinion. Too expensive to use for more than an hour, and far too expensive if you make a mistake, like going over your alloted time, or miss the docking - £300??? Absurd. All the bother you have to get the money back, if you ever do getit back. The risk of something going wrong puts a lot of people off. Still in essence an excellent public service idea. Ripping them off is nasty.

posted by bikeylikey [161 posts]
21st June 2012 - 9:50

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I think everyone should calm down and leave Dreamix10 alone!

I mean come on! Everyone knows that immigrants with dodgy sounding names were stealing before they could crawl, eh Dreamix10? It's not even their fault - it's their genetic inferiority that leads 'em to it...nothing racist about pointing that out in a friendly (and anonymous) way. The anonymous bit is what I really admire - way to show some backbone dreamix10 Wink

My kinda guy - let me know where I can sign up for your neo-nazi nerds club. You prat.

posted by Lacticlegs [124 posts]
21st June 2012 - 11:01

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Do not feed the Troll.

posted by Jimbo33 [3 posts]
22nd June 2012 - 20:35

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dreamlx10 wrote:
Nana Boateng, Jose Dias, say no more.

Why, without further explanation from you, I'm forced to regard you as a knob.

posted by Cauld Lubter [117 posts]
22nd June 2012 - 23:40

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