A former University student in Sheffield has been jailed for using a stolen credit card to buy tickets for the London Eye and selling them on the internet to pay his course fees.
Adekunle Adepegba, aged 28, of Blonk Street, Wicker, sold 600 tickets for the attraction worth £18,000 via two eBay accounts.
The former Sheffield Hallam student was arrested earlier this year by officers from the Metropolitan Police after information was received that fraudulent credit cards were being used to buy tickets for London and for other tourist attractions.
Prosecutors said Adepegba had also sold tickets for Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers online, but he was only charged over the sale of London Eye tickets.
Searches at his address also uncovered around £150,000 in forged Euro travellers’ cheques and around £58,000 in counterfeit US bankers drafts.
Prosecutor James Norman said: “Between April 25, 2010 and January 25, 2012, the date of his arrest, he sold over 600 tickets to the London Eye.
“The total face value of the tickets was over £18,000.
“He says he sold them for £9,000 and used the money to fund his university fees.
“This was the defendant’s living, selling these and other ticket to attractions and in this case at least buying them using stolen credit card details.”
Adepegba was jailed for 18 months for two counts of fraud by false representation and nine months for one count of possessing articles for use in fraud to be served consecutively.
He was made the subject of a Serious Crime Prevention Order banning him from being involved in the sale of tickets for five years from his release.
Jailing Adepegba at the Old Bailey, London, Mr Recorder Andrew Mitchell QC said: “Committing crimes of dishonesty because you find it difficult to find a job is no mitigation.”
Speaking after the hearing, Det Supt Nick Downing said: “Adepegba was not only using fraudulent cards to buy these tickets, but also selling them on for a profit, which was against the terms of the tickets.”