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UK Ticket Touts Charged With Money Laundering

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UNITED KINGDOM (CelebrityAccess) Six people in the U.K. have been charged with money laundering for allegedly operating secondary ticketing scams that have pilfered millions of pounds.

Consumer protection agency National Trading Standards made the arrests last December but have only now have prosecutors brought charges by NTS in York magistrate’s court against three firms, according to the Daily Record, which calls the it “landmark prosecution.”

Timothy Connor, girlfriend Francesca Armstrong and parents Andrew Connor and Vachirawan Connor are alleged to have used multiple names, addresses and credit cards plus “sophisticated browser software” to obtain and sell tickets, the Record says. Prosecutors claim their company Connoco, spent £2.3 million on tickets between 2015 and 2017 and sold them on resale sites for £4.5 million.

Prosecutors also accuse firm BZZ of buying more than £4 million in tickets and selling them for £10.8 million. A third group, TQ Limited, trading as Ticket Queen, is facing the same charges, according to the Record.

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