Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Online ticket conman jailed over Gumtree advert

An Edinburgh conman who offered fake festival tickets on the Gumtree website has been jailed for eight months.

John Cardno, 28, offered non-existent passes to the 2010 V Festival for £180 each via the classified ads website.

Victim Anthony Wadsworth-Hill lost £720 after he agreed to meet Cardno in a City of London pub.

Mr Wadsworth-Hill became suspicious when he was only provided with a printout of an order confirmation for the Chelmsford event.

Checks later revealed it to be a forgery.

Cardno, who has 30 previous convictions for fraud, denied running the scam when he appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday.

But on Thursday he changed his plea to guilty and was jailed for eight months.

Judge John Bevan QC also ordered him to pay £450 compensation to Mr Wadsworth-Hill - and warned him his sentence would be increased if he did not.

The judge said: "If I find I have been misled I will have him back to court and consider increasing the sentence if he has conned me."

He told Cardno, who he described as a "professional fraudsman": "People are entitled to use electronic means, whether it's Gumtree or email, to conduct their business.

"You had no tickets and you conned Mr Wadsworth-Hill out of £700-plus."

Mr Wadsworth-Hill contacted Cardno in July 2010 after seeing adverts for the fake festival tickets on Gumtree, said prosecutor Katrina Charles.

The pair met up at the Green Man pub in Poultry, London, on 29 July to make the exchange.

Cardno did not have the tickets with him and claimed a printout of an email purporting to confirm the order would suffice.

His most recent conviction related to a £26,000 con, for which he was jailed for 15 months.