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Hi thank you for your enquiry and your patience.
It is a serious offence as it is a fraud. Now what did the officer that caught you say? did they give you a penalty fare notice on the spot?
You will most likely be charged with fraud and you will have to appear before a Magistrate to either plead guilty or not and to get your sentence. It is highly unlikely you will be taken to custody/jailed however you will get a fine and a criminal record.
I would say dont lose sleep over it now because you do not know what they have decided or what they will tell your wife when she goes to pick the documenrs. You need to wait to hear from them and should you need to attend court get a local criminal solicitor to assist you. I hope this has answered your question and I would be grateful for your rating by clicking on the row of stars at the top. All the best