Judge slams Londonderry man for Adele tickets fraud
A judge has heavily criticised the actions of a Londonderry man who scammed 11 people out of cash by claiming to sell them genuine tickets for Adele and Justin Bieber concerts.
Michael Andrew Robert Victor McBeth (24) of Castlewarren Road appeared in the dock of Dungannon Crown Court yesterday.
He admitted all counts of falsely offering the tickets over a 10-day period almost two years ago, and netting himself £3,490.
On December 18 and 19, 2015, McBeth dishonestly told two people that he had six Justin Bieber tickets for sale, with intent to cause loss to each.
The following day he committed the same offence involving a male, while claiming to have two of the same tickets, and again to another male on December 28 2015.
Between December 22 and 28, McBeth then falsely claimed to have varying numbers of genuine Adele concert tickets for sale, to six people, each with intent to cause loss.
A defence barrister accepted the matter was serious and pointed out that police had seized £2390 in cash from his client, and £100 had already been repaid to one victim.
Judge Neil Rafferty commented: "The defendant preyed on the almost fanaticism of people and effectively dashed the hope and dreams of children along the way ... how do you repair the hurt of a young girl who thinks she is going to see her idol?"
McBeth was remanded on continuing bail for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.
He is due back in court next month.