Man­held over Tube ‘frauds’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEON SY­MONS

POLICEINVESTIGATINGaseriesof­frauds on the Lon­don Un­der­ground said this week that they had ar­rested a man.

A 58-year-old from Hack­ney has been charged with three sam­ple counts of fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion at Fins­bury Park Tube sta­tion in Novem­ber 2007 and at King’s Cross Tube sta­tion in March and April 2008.

Is­rael Aharonovitz, of Seven Sis­ters Road, Hack­ney, is due to ap­pear at City of West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court in Horse­ferry Road to­day.

The Jewish com­mu­nity has been the tar­get of a num­ber of frauds. In 2005, po­lice smashed a postal fraud ring aimed at Ortho­dox fam­i­lies.

More re­cently, the JC has re­ceived nu­mer­ous com­plaints over sev­eral months that a man us­ing var­i­ous iden­ti­ties has been con­fronting peo­ple at rail sta­tions.

In th­ese cases, vic­tims were en­gaged in con­ver­sa­tion, told a hard-luck story about a sick mother or child, and asked to give ster­ling cur­rency in ex­change for Is­raeli shekels to buy medicines.

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