- An 18-year-old Australian was sentenced to six months in prison for selling $7,000 worth of fake music festival tickets, according to the Weekly Times.
- On Wednesday, Kayla Rose Mateer, from Warana, pleaded guilty to 30 charges of dishonestly obtaining property and one charge of dishonestly inducing delivery of property.
- She was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison.
- The teen’s attorney said in court that she used the earnings from the fraudulent tickets to support herself and her younger brother.
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An 18-year-old Australian was sentenced to six months in prison for selling $7,000 worth of fake music festival tickets, according to the Weekly Times.
On Wednesday, Kayla Rose Mateer, from Warana in Queensland, pleaded guilty at the Caloundra Magistrates Court to 30 charges of dishonestly obtaining property and one charge of dishonestly inducing delivery of property.
According to the newspaper, between January and May 2019, the teen sold $7,000 worth of fake tickets to events like Groovin the Moo and the Big Pineapple Festival.
“There are victims of the offenses where money has unfortunately been obtained and a number of disappointed festival goers, it’s had a significant impact,” Defence attorney Rod Morgan said. “Mateer, more or less, does take responsibility for this by way of entering a plea of guilty.”
In court Morgan said that Mateer sold the tickets to sustain herself, as she wasn’t earning an income at the time, the Times noted. Morgan also said that the money went toward buying groceries and toys for her younger brother. At the time Mateer’s brother was in the care of their mother, who lives with addiction, Morgan said.
Because of the circumstances, Morgan asked magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist for a lesser sentence. He declined.
Stjernqvist handed down a sentence of six months in prison and she will have to pay $7,000.55 in restitution. He said the conviction is “not the end of the world” for Mateer – be it now or in the future.
“This is infuriating, benefiting from genuine people and what you did was basically taking a shortcut,” Stjernqvist said. “A shortcut is illegal and it’s cheating, and it’s cowardly too because you’re hiding behind the [internet].”
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