Mitcham man identified on Twitter as selling fake Premiership football tickets fined hundreds of pounds

Wimbledon Guardian: Fined: Connor Parkin Fined: Connor Parkin

A man identified on Twitter as selling fake Premiership football match tickets has been fined hundreds of pounds by the courts.

Connor Parkin, 21, of Lister Close, Mitcham, who admitted selling football tickets which did not exist, was fined a total of £785 by magistrates on Thursday, May 15.

He had previously pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court.

Police were contacted on December 2 last year to reports of a fraudulent sale in Wimbledon of electronic football tickets.

On November 24 Parkin met a 21-year-old man at Costa Coffee in Wimbledon Broadway, to complete the sale of four Premiership football match tickets priced in total at £500.

Parkin, who used the pseudonym of Alfie Edwards, sold fraudulent tickets for Tottenham Hotspur FC Vs Manchester United FC at White Hart Lane on December 1 last year.

Weeks before, Parkin had advertised the tickets on a website - Craigslist - on which the victim showed an interest in the tickets, initially priced at £160 each, a police spokesman said.

The man arranged to meet the seller in person to buy the tickets.

Following an exchange of money at the coffee shop, the man asked to photograph Edwards' official sellers identity card, however he refused to have this photographed.

He did however agree to have a photograph taken of his face on a smart phone, as sat inside the café, by means of identification for the man should he need it.

Parkin left the man with the fraudulent tickets, a false mobile number and false email address according to a police spokesman.

The buyer and three friends went to the game, however they were refused entry and told by ticketing staff their tickets were fake.

He called police to report the crime the next day.

Officers quickly realised the name Mr Edwards was false, so used the photograph to put out an appeal on Twitter which quickly saw members of the public come forward and identify Parkin.

He was arrested at his home address in January where officers seized an iPad and clothing he had been worn on the day of the sale at the coffee shop.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £180, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.

A total of £500 in compensation will go to the victim.

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