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Seville police arrest bogus concert promoter

The 47-year-old man is accused of conning Spanish and Latin American venues and fans by selling tickets to non-existent shows

By IQ on 23 Jun 2016

Macarena, Seville, Adam Jones

Pedestrians walk along the old city wall in Macarena, Seville

image © Adam Jones PhD

Spanish police have arrested a 47-year-old man accused of posing as a concert promoter to sell tickets to bogus shows in Spain and Latin America.

The man, who has not been named, was arrested after being caught with false documents in a bar in Macarena, Seville, and taken into custody when his true identity was discovered.

According to a statement from the National Police Corps, which had been investigating him for months, the man hired several venues in Andalusia and Latin America with the understanding that he would pay them after the concerts.

He then sold ‘tickets’ to the non-existent shows and kept the proceeds, reports the Europa Press.

The man’s arrest comes just after a month after a Briton who operated a similar scam, John Lupton, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.


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