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08 Aug 2022

Dundalk court: Sold fake Electric Picnic tickets

Dundalk court: Sold fake Electric Picnic tickets

Dundalk courthouse

A gambling addict who sold two fake self-print Electric Picnic tickets with a reference number for an Ed Sheeran concert to a buyer from Galway, has been sentenced to six months at Dundalk district court.

James Carpenter with an address at the time of Irish Street, Ardee admitted the charge of deception at Carrick Road Service Station, Carrick Road, Ardee on May 15th 2015 and selling counterfeit tickets bearing a mark identical to or nearly resembling Ticketmaster on the same date.

The court heard that the victim of the scam had seen the 2015 Electric Picnic tickets advertised on Toutless - an Irish based fan to fan ticket resale website, three days before she met James Carpenter at the filling station.

She paid €320 in cash for two tickets and sought a hard copy but the defendant told her the self-print tickets were genuine.

However, when she contacted Ticketmaster she was told that the reference number related to an Ed Sheeran concert.

The court heard James Carpenter had 20 previous convictions, including fraud offences recorded at Edinburgh Sheriff's Court last summer.

The Defence barrister said his client, who has a masters degree in Business and IT, had a significant gambling addiction and while in a well paid job at the time, he had accumulated some significant gambling debts.

He went to Scotland and returned to this jurisdiction after a European Arrest Warrant was issued.

Judge Eirinn McKiernan imposed a six month sentence for the deception charge, backdated to when the defendant went into custody in October.

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