TWO alleged internet touts raked in nearly £11million in two years reselling top gig and show tickets, a court heard.
Peter Hunter and David Smith are said to have used computer bots to harvest 30,000 tickets to sell on at inflated prices.
Hunter, 51, and Smith, 56, trading as Ticket Wiz and BZZ, were “dishonest fraudsters motivated by greed”, the jury was told.
Leeds crown court heard they “harvested the tickets in large numbers” then sold them on secondary sites including Viagogo, Get Me In, StubHub and Seatwave.
Jonathan Sandiford, prosecuting, said: “They were effectively internet ticket touts who exploited the love many people have for their favourite artists and bands in order to milk them for profit.”
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He said between 2015 and 2017 they spent more than £4million on tickets, including 30,000 from AXS. They also sold tickets for £10.8million.
Trading Standards found 112 payment cards in 37 names at their home.
Hunter and Smith, both of Duckett’s Green, North London, deny fraudulent trading. Case continues.
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