Glastonbury Festival ticket fraudster foiled
A FRAUDSTER pretended he had tickets for Glastonbury Festival, Beyoncé and Wimbledon to con people out of hundreds of pounds.
Martyn Round, 27, responded to wanted adverts on the Gumtree website telling punters he had tickets to the events they hoped to attend.
He targeted people looking to buy tickets for Beyoncé concerts, and also Wimbledon and Glastonbury.
Round, of Davey Road, Tewkesbury, admitted five offences of fraud by misrepresentation, selling tickets ranging in price from £20 to £300, totalling £1,500.
He also asked for 11 other offences to be taken into consideration.
Round was handed a 16-week prison sentence suspended for one year when he appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Monday.
He had previously been jailed for 20 months in August 2011 for fraud offences.
On Monday, magistrates warned Round that if he commited anymore offences during the next 12 months he would go to prison.
Peter Ashby, prosecuting, told the court: "He has made about £1,500 from these offences. The nature of them is effectively offering tickets for sale and then not delivering.
"He made a full and frank admission. He said it was an easy way to make money and he did it purely for financial gain. He responded to adverts on Gumtree."
Round described prison as a "holiday camp" and said a trip behind bars would not cause him "any hardship" but also said it would not do him "any good" either.
In mitigation, Nicola Colwill said the offences "paint a picture of a young man who is extremely able and extremely resourceful".
She said: "He can apply those elements of his character in a positive way but he can also apply them in an unlawful way.
"When he is in work he doesn't fall foul of the law at all. When he is in work he can and does apply himself in a very positive way.
"He would like to move on from here on in and apply his talents in a more legitimate and lawful way."
The chairman of the bench, Steve Chandler, said that the crimes "cross the custody threshold" but opted to suspend the 16-week sentence for a year.
He said: "This was premeditated fraud, carefully planned and executed and for a significant sum in total.
"We have been convinced that you are an intelligent man and actually you should get a job."
Round also received a 12-month supervision order, 20 days on the Thinking Skills programme and 100 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £760 compensation, £85 prosecution costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
A spokeswoman for Gloucestershire police said: "The only way to be 100 per cent sure that tickets for any event are genuine is to buy them from an official, reputable seller."