Law student faces jail for ticket fraud
A CROOKED law student who conned victims into paying for nonexistent Justin Bieber concert tickets in a £10,000 fraud could face jail.
Zainab Pervaiz also advertised tickets for gigs by Beyoncé and Adele.
The 25-year-old lawyer, from Swan Pool Grove, Walsall, previously admitted 16 charges of fraud after scamming pop fans between February 2015 and December 2016.
Last week, she appeared at Birmingham Crown Court to learn her fate, but the case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports.
The court heard Pervaiz was responsible for a “sophisticated and complicated fraud” that had “completely betrayed” the trust of victims who had tried to buy tickets.
At an earlier hearing, prosecutors said Pervaiz sold tickets even though she was never in possession of them and did not reimburse the victims. The fraudster used the Paypal account of a friend’s grandfather, who has been left more than £7,000 out of pocket.
Amanda O’Mara, for Pervaiz, told the court : “She is a law student who will not be able to follow her career any more.
“She fully accepts her responsibility and criminal behaviour over this period of time.”