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Friday 23 February 2018

Conman who sold non-existent match tickets must pay up

Fraudster Robert Keogh has been left cash by late father
Fraudster Robert Keogh has been left cash by late father

A conman who sold non-existent tickets for football matches and an Adele concert has been given more time to compensate his victims.

Robert Keogh (35), of Hazelbury Green, Clonsilla, failed yesterday to bring €620 to Swords District Court to repay his victims.

The court previously heard that the defendant was operating under the pseudonym JLFC on a website called Toutless.

A woman contacted him to buy tickets for a Liverpool v Manchester United game in England.

A deal was arranged between them and she then booked flights and accommodation.

She transferred €270 for the match tickets to Keogh's bank account on December 8, 2015, but never received them.

In a separate incident, Keogh offered to sell a man a GAA football ticket on December 10, 2015. The man paid Keogh €170, but received nothing.

Pub

Two days later, Keogh offered the same man tickets to singer Adele's concert in Dublin for €180.

The pair met at the Huntsman Pub in Gormanston, Co Meath, and the man handed over the money for the tickets, but he never received them.

Keogh admitted dishonestly inducing the woman to pay €270 for two tickets to the Manchester United v Liverpool match on December 8, 2015 at AIB Bank on Dame Street.

He further pleaded guilty to the theft of €170 from the man on December 10, 2015 at Tobersool Lane, Balbriggan.

He also admitted to stealing €180 from the same man two days later.

Annette Kealy, defending, told Judge Alan Mitchell that Keogh's father died recently and left him money.

"There are funds available but they are tied up at the moment," said Ms Kealy, who requested further time.

Judge Mitchell adjourned the case until April.

Ms Kealy assured him that Keogh "will have all the money then".

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