Man held over Tube 'frauds'

Police investigating a series of frauds 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.

    Last updated: 11:19am, July 8 2009