They made more than £9 million from ticket re-selling...

Two ticket touts who made more than £9 million from re-selling have been handed jail sentences.

The landmark case focussed on ticket re-selling, and brought Peter Hunter and his civil partner David Smith to court.

The pair ran various companies, making more than £9 million from tickets purchases for Adele shows, X Factor Live, and many more.

The clampdown was led by National Trading Standards, and followed a high profile intervention from Ed Sheeran.

His manager Stuart Camp appeared in person at Leeds Crown Court, explaining he had noted £75 seats for a charity gig on sale for £7,000.

Peter Hunter and David Smith used various identities and computer bots to complete their purchases, subsequently breaching the terms and conditions of primary sellers like Ticket­master.

Labelled “dishonest fraudsters motivated by greed”, Peter Hunter now faces four years in prison, with David Smith being handed a 30 month custodial sentence.

(via NME)

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