Lowestoft gambling addict jailed for six months for running V Festival ticket fraud

Festival goers enjoying the sun during the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex in 2015.

Festival goers enjoying the sun during the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex in 2015. Photo: PA - Credit: PA

A mother-of-two with a gambling addiction who conned unsuspecting members of the public out of hundreds of pounds in a bogus music festival ticket scam has been jailed for six months.

Jodie Gayet, 26, advertised tickets she did not have for the 2015 V Festival held in Chelmsford and Staffordshire on the Gumtree website and backed up the deception by altering an old Ticketmaster email to make it look like she had the tickets, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Gayet, of Elmore Road Gardens, Lowestoft, was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, in 2014 after she admitted two offences of fraud in relation to selling bogus festival tickets and dishonestly using someone else's name to open a catalogue account to buy toys.

Yesterday she was back in court after admitting four offences of fraud relating to bogus V Festival tickets, with six offences taken into consideration.

Jailing her for a total of six months Judge Martyn Levett said Gayet had 'a nasty dishonest streak' and did not appear to feel any sympathy for her victims.

He said that in addition to not getting their festival tickets the victims of the scam had lost money and in some cases had lost friends after buying tickets on their behalf.

He said Gayet's partner, who worked off-shore, would be able to take compassionate leave to look after their two children while she was in prison.

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Marcus Croskell, prosecuting, said the current offences which related to the 2015 V Festival, involved £4,000 and said in some cases victims had paid hundreds of pounds for tickets they never received.

The previous offences for which she was sentenced in 2014 involved £6,000.

Mr Croskell said when Gayet was contacted by one victim she told him she had never intended to send him any tickets and had used her old address so that if people came looking for her they would not find her.

Andrea Lock, for Gayet ,said her client had two children, aged three and four.

She said Gayet had a gambling problem and wanted help to tackle the issue.

She said Gayet's father had repaid the 10 victims of the latest fraud.

The court heard in 2011 Gayet had been jailed for six weeks after stealing £19,000 from the account of an elderly couple while she worked at a building society in Norwich.