Young mum jailed for £2,400 internet cons
Published on 10/08/2007
By Staff Reporter
A YOUNG mum from Whitehaven who used an internet auction site to dupe music lovers out of almost £2,400 has been jailed.
Haley McTaggart, 24, took money from eight users of Ebay, for concert tickets which she never provided.
Working under the screen-she name Foxymax, she promised the bidders passes to gigs including Robbie Williams, Westlife and the Reading and Leeds festivals.
She tried the same con on another victim, but he did not pay.
Her defence lawyer said effects of a jail term would be disastrous because she has a two-year-old child.
But magistrates sent her to prison for six months and ordered her to pay compensation to all her victims.
Chief magistrates Ian Killip said: This was a deliberate attempt by you to obtain money by deception. It involved a large amount of money and was carried out over a long period of time.
The court heard how she pocketed a total of £2,379 from her victims between June and August 2006.
Christopher Dench lost £403, Siobhan Lloyd, £373; Gemma Pratt, £370; Michael Davidson and Thomas Waldron each lost £303, Miriam Cressey lost £300, Adam Young lost £200 and Sheila Moseley lost £193.
McTaggart, of Cambridge Road, Hensingham, admitted eight charges of obtaining property by deception and one of attempting to obtain property from Roger Clays by deception.
Defending, Stewart Pattinson said McTaggarts trading had started legitimately but she lost track and things got out of control.
She was having a very rough time of it for a number of reasons.
She was addicted to painkillers, which further agitated her mental state.
And there was a suggestion she had suffered post-natal depression, he said.
She has only just told her partner what happened.
She kept her cards so tightly to her chest.
She was working and was in the process of re-mortgaging her home to reimburse her victims, he said.
Magistrates jailed her for three months consecutively for the cases involving Christopher Dench and Siobhan Lloyd.
All other cases carried a three-month term to run concurrently.http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/viewarticle.aspx?id=530643