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Lady Gaga And Ed Sheeran Ticket Tout Receives A Four-Year Prison Sentence

A woman who oversaw a multimillion-pound ticket touting business that purchased and resold tickets on a “industrial scale” received a four-year prison sentence.

Under Maria Chenery-Woods’s direction, TQ Tickets Limited purchased tickets for artists like Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga using more than 100 identities, then resold them for exorbitant prices on secondary ticketing websites like Viagogo. Trading Standards officials investigated TQ Tickets’ headquarters in Dickleburgh, Norfolk, and discovered hundreds of thousands of unsold tickets.

The company sold £6.5 million worth of music tickets between 2015 and 2017. Chenery-Woods behaved “out of greed,” according to Judge Simon Batiste, with the intention to “rinse or fleece customers out of as much money as you could.” He continued by explaining that TQ Tickets purchased tickets from major ticket resellers like Ticketmaster by using a database containing over 100 names.

A 10-year-old child, a deceased relative, and other entirely made-up identities were among these identities. Judge Batiste went on to say that the company “created a web of criminality” by “corrupting” other youths and students into purchasing tickets for them. Paul Douglas, a worker at Chenery-Woods, likewise received a two-year and five-month sentence.

Due to their involvement in the bogus company, her sister Lynda Chenery, who is also Douglas’s ex-wife, and spouse Mark Woods received suspended prison terms. During the trial, Sheeran’s manager Stuart Camp and promoter Stuart Galbraith made statements in which they talked about the “extensive measures” put in place to stop resaleers from selling tickets for excessive rates.

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