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Ticketing website bosses in court on ‘ripoff’ charges

Time runs out for £3m scam
Thu Jan 10 2013, 12:17
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THREE MEN are making a headline appearance in a UK court because they ran a ticketing website that was nothing but a racket.

The men, Andrew Lagan, 49, David Rolls, 48, and Gary Agar, 44, pretended to have tickets to big time concert gigs and offered them for sale on the internet through a company called Good Time Entertainment. They didn't have tickets, however, just an alleged criminal bent.

"Together the defendants operated Good Time Entertainment Ltd and through the use of this company and websites associated with it, the defendants offered tickets for sale to members of the public over the internet," said prosecutor Toby Fitzgerald according to a report in the Daily Mail.

"They created 100 per cent profit for themselves because they took the money without providing anything in return."

The scam allegedly operated for just over a year, running from October 2009 to November 2010. Payments were taken from customers and either withdrawn in cash or wired to overseas bank accounts.

It seems that the trio only stopped when the payment processor that they were using ceased offering them its services. The Daily Mail reports that by offering tickets to concerts like Paul McCartney, they were able to haul in some £3m.

The case continues. µ

 

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