A TICKET fraudster has been spared jail after turning his life around.
Adam Dovey was handed a suspended sentence at Portsmouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to 12 counts of fraud by false representation.
I was intending to send you to prison and I have taken some convincing that you are not still the person you have been for years and years.Recorder John Williams
He advertised tickets for concerts and festivals such as T in the Park and Glastonbury between May and August, 2013.
Dovey used Facebook, Gumtree and word of mouth to sell the tickets for between £100 and £650.
After receiving payments for the tickets, Dovey, 33, failed to hand them over.
In total, he made more than £3,500, which included:
n £150 for T in the Park on July 11, 2013.
n £156 for One Direction on February 4, 2013.
n £500 for Reading Festival on July 30, 2013.
n £250 for Glastonbury on May 25, 2013.
n £660 for Reading Festival between August 14 and 21, 2013.
n £200 for Belladrum Festival on July 22, 2013.
n £500 for Reading Festival between August 5 and 13, 2013.
During sentencing, Recorder John Williams referred to how Dovey’s wife and in-laws had helped him turn his life around.
Mr Williams said: ‘I am not sure if you have a lot of luck or if you have the fortune of moving in with a family that supports you. I have been impressed by what I’m told.
‘I was intending to send you to prison and I have taken some convincing that you are not still the person you have been for years and years.’
The court heard that Dovey, who has since legally changed his name to Edward Heller, has several previous convictions and has spent time in jail.
But since the most recent offences, defending Daniel Riley said Dovey had got a full-time job and does community and charity work in Droxford, where he lives.
Speaking in court, Dovey’s father-in-law David Thomas said: ‘I was bewildered when I heard about Edward’s conviction and I told him I would take some convincing that this was the future I wanted for my daughter.
‘We spent hours talking and now he is a valued member of our family.
‘I am extremely proud of what he’s achieved.’
Dovey was ordered to pay £4,328 compensation to the victims and was fined £1,200. He also has to complete 100 hours’ unpaid work and pay £120 victim surcharge.