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Man guilty over Beijing Olympics tickets scam

Rebecca Adlington
Image caption Rebecca Adlington's parents were among the victims of the scam

A man has been found guilty over a scam involving Olympics tickets - victims included the parents of swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

Sports fans paid up to 48 times the face value for 2008 Beijing Olympics tickets which they never received, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Alan Scott, 56, from Chigwell, Essex, was found guilty of fraudulent trading.

The jury was due to continue to deliberate on further charges, faced by another three people, on Wednesday.

Terence Shepherd, 52, from Blackheath, south-east London, was found guilty of a charge of money-laundering which was not connected to the scam.

Majority verdict

Shepherd also denies two counts of fraudulent trading and acting as a director while disqualified.

His wife Margaret Canty-Shepherd, 51, denies a charge of money-laundering.

Cyril Gold, from Harrow Weald, north-west London, denies aiding and abetting fraudulent trading.

Allan Schaverien, 67, has already admitted aiding and abetting fraudulent trading.

The judge has indicated he would accept a majority verdict on the remaining counts.

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