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Express Motors
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Express Motors

09 Nov 2018

Jail sentences over bus pass fraud

A court has jailed a bus company boss and his three sons for 28 years after they used pensioners’ tickets to swindle almost £90,000 from a council in northwestern Wales.

The four men, along with a bus driver, kept dozens of lost or dropped bus passes entitling the over-60s to free travel. They would then swipe them, creating records for fake journeys, which the local council would reimburse them for.

Eric Wyn Jones even used his own pass in the scam. Along with his sons, 53-year-old Ian Wyn Jones, 54-year-old Kevin Wyn Jones, 51-year-old Keith Jones, and 44-year-old driver Rheinallt Williams, the 77-year-old claimed more than £88,000 from Gwynedd County Council for the fake journeys. The Jones family also failed to declare more than £500,000 in cash taken by the business, Express Motors.

Judge Timothy Petts, at Mold Crown Court in Flintshire, northeastern Wales, sentenced both Eric Wyn Jones and his son Ian to seven-and-a-half years in jail. Kevin Wyn Jones received a seven-year sentence and Keith, six. Williams pleaded guilty to a fraud charge before the start of the trial and received a 12-month prison sentence.

Express Motors collapsed following the discovery of the fraud.

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