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Gang sentenced over fake Liverpool FC tickets scam

Craig O'Donohue / Paul Murgatroyd Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Craig O'Donohue and Paul Murgatroyd received the most severe sentences at Liverpool Crown Court

Eleven people have been sentenced following a plot to sell hundreds of fake tickets for Liverpool FC matches.

Craig O'Donohue and Paul Murgatroyd led the conspiracy, which involved bogus internet adverts selling the tickets.

O'Donohue, 30, and Murgatroyd, 28, were jailed for four years and three years, six months respectively, after both were convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering.

A further nine people were also sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court.

Many fans who fell for the scam were handed the tickets in person, only to be turned away from Anfield stadium when the tickets were found to fake, Merseyside Police said.

Others ordered tickets which failed to arrive in the post.

The plot was uncovered in February after police searched properties in Anfield and found equipment used for producing the tickets, including printers.

The sentences in full:

  • Craig O'Donohue, 30, of Harrow Road, Anfield, jailed for four years, convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering.
  • Paul Murgatroyd, 28, of Breck Road, Anfield jailed for three years, six months, convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering.

The following were each convicted of money laundering:

  • Alexandra Kirby, 25, of Breck Road, Anfield, 14-week suspended sentence and 160 hours community service.
  • Frances Ellicott, 23, of Harrow Road, Anfield, 12-month community order, 60 hours unpaid work.
  • Emily Bakewell, 20, of Fulbeck, Widnes, 12-month community order, 80 hours unpaid work.
  • Daniel Kercher, 19, of Frampton Road, Walton, 12-month community order, three month curfew.
  • Laura Green, 22, of Holbeck Street, Anfield, 12-month community order, 60 hours unpaid work.
  • Siobhan Gazeley, 25, of Garmoyle Close, Wavertree, 12 month community order.
  • Kieran King, 22, of Snowberry Road, Stockbridge Village, 12-month community order, 160 hours unpaid work.
  • James Wright, 19, of Havergal Street, Runcorn, 12-month community order, 180 hours unpaid work.
  • Jack Clarke, 19, of Afton, Widnes, 12-month community order, 160 hours unpaid work.

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