eBay scam man has his jail term cut
A WISBECH man who was jailed for his part in a fake festival tickets scam has had his sentence slashed by judges at the Court of Appeal.
Andrius Gnizinskas (26) was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment at Cambridge Crown Court in May after admitting being concerned in a money laundering arrangement.
Gnizinskas, of Blackfriars Road, Wisbech, admitted allowing his bank account to be used by criminals, who hijacked an eBay account to sell non-existant Reading Festival tickets to customers.
Yesterday, he appealed against his sentence and won a two-month reduction from Mr Justice Gross and Judge Christopher Moss QC in London.
Gnizinskas said he had met a man in London and been given £300 for his bank card so money could be paid into his account, but said he did not benefit from any of the cash. His lawyers argued that the sentence was wrong and a community-based punishment would have been appropriate. They also said the considerable delay between his offending in 2008 and his sentencing should have resulted in a lesser sentence.
Mr Justice Gross said Gnizinskas had committed the offence to make “easy money” and said: “A sharp sentence was called for, bringing it firmly home to him that conduct of this nature was unacceptable”. But he said because of the delay, the sentence was too long and cut Gnizinskas’ prison term to four months.