Man jailed for selling non-existant festival tickets - Rushden

14/11/2014

Conman Terry Beckwith was jailed for 21 months today, Friday, 14 November 2014, for selling tickets for V Festival and Glastonbury that he did not have.

Beckwith, aged 29, advertised the tickets on Gumtree, making a total of £7,076, St Albans Crown Court was told.

Jessica Clarke, prosecuting, said: "People made money transfers on the promise of tickets. When they did not arrive, Mr Beckwith created excuses. When refunds were sought he simply ceased contact."

He also obtained a job with a firm in Aylesbury where he was paid commission to persuade companies to change their telephone supplier. Beckwith was paid on a commission basis and one day produced paperwork indicating he had earned £1,400 commission.

The company paid him, but when they inputted the bank details of the companies he claimed were switching it was discovered that the details were incorrect. He told the company he must have inputted them incorrectly. When the firms were contacted they said they had not agreed to any change. Beckwith promised to pay the money back, but when he did not the police were called and he was arrested.

Beckwith, of Springfield Road, Rushden, Northants, pleaded guilty to fraud. He asked for 21 offences to be taken into consideration. The court was told that he had been sentenced in March last year for similar offences. He was also committed for sentence for fraud from Aylesbury Crown Court.

He had been due for sentence in June, but had gone to Madeira and did not attend the probation offices for a pre sentence report. The police arrested Beckwith at the end of August and he appeared in court via a video link from Woodhill jail in Milton Keynes.

Sarah Gaunt, defending, said Beckwith's last offence was 15 months ago and most pre-dated the sentence he received last year. She said at the time he had a gambling addiction, but had since attended Gamblers Anonymous. He also owed money to a loan shark, she said. "He wants to put all this behind him and go back to work as a kitchen designer," she said.

Judge John Plumstead told him: "Concert and festival tickets are highly sought after. You cold-heartedly purported to sell tickets you never had. You took advantage of many young people who wanted to attend Glastonbury or V festival. You misled your employer to get the company to advance you money you had never earned. People trust you to tell them the truth."

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