Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ID Fraud Victim in 4-Year Ordeal over Tube Fines

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ID Fraud Victim in 4-Year Ordeal over Tube Fines

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger

A WOMAN has told of a four-year battle to clear her name after receiving court summonses and demands for more than PS1,500 in Tube fare evasion fines after her identity was stolen.

Emily Matthews, 21, was dragged to court twice over unpaid penalty charge notices after London Underground claimed she had travelled without a ticket. Both cases were dropped when her family produced evidence to show her identity had been fraudulently used by someone else.

In one case, her passport proved she was on a beach in Goa at the time, and the other the investigating officer realised outside court that she was not the person he had stopped.

Ms Matthews, who works at a private school in Ilford, wrote about 30 letters and made numerous calls to LU.

She said: "It has been so stressful. Not only for me but for my family as well. I've had to take time out of work to deal with this and even when we sent photos and my passport they still wouldn't believe it wasn't me, even though they had a description of the other person. …

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