eBay scam man has his jail term cut

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - 24 Hours -

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.

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