Law stu­dent faces jail for ticket fraud

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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.”

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