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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Gambling addict pocketed money for concert tickets that didn't exist

Moran previously claimed to have Ariana Grande tickets
Moran previously claimed to have Ariana Grande tickets

An online fraudster is behind bars for breaching bail conditions after he posted non-existent Electric Picnic festival tickets for sale.

Judge Marie Keane refused a bail application for Aaron Moran (31) and remanded him in custody to next month after garda objections to bail at Ennis District Court yesterday.

Earlier this year Moran, formerly of Aisling Gael Guesthouse, Limerick Road, Ennis, pleaded guilty to duping multiple people into paying thousands of euro into his bank and credit union accounts after he advertised non-existent concert tickets online.

In April, Moran pleaded guilty to three offences contrary to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act relating to duping three people to lodge monies totalling €1,160 to accounts in his name.

Moran falsely claimed to have tickets for Electric Picnic, Fleetwood Mac and Ariana Grande for sale.

In February 2019, Moran pleaded guilty to eight other deception charges that saw €1,952 lodged to his accounts for non-existent tickets.

These deceptions related to Moran falsely claiming that he had tickets for Shania Twain, Hugh Jackman, Longitude, Post Malone and Electric Picnic.

Deception

Moran's cases were adjourned to later this year to allow him time to pay back money to the victims of his deception.

As part of his bail conditions, Moran agreed not to have any online activity, including advertising non-existent concert tickets and any gambling.

However, Detective Garda Trevor Shannon said that gardai had evidence that Moran is breaching his bail conditions by "posting for sale Electric Picnic tickets he does not possess on the online platform Gumtree".

Moran is a gambling addict and Det Gda Shannon said that Moran had an active BoyleSports account which also breached his bail conditions.

Moran's solicitor John Casey said that his activities "arise from his gambling addiction and court appearances where he agreed to pay back certain sums of money".

Mr Casey said that when Moran was not able to raise monies to pay back his victims, he would reoffend.

Mr Casey said: "He was robbing Peter to pay Paul.

"This is a young man with no family support, no nothing. He is determined to pay back all the people."

Sergeant Aiden Lonergan said Moran was unable to abide by any bail conditions imposed.

"This online activity is very difficult to police," he added.

Judge Keane refused bail after saying there was evidence of clear breaches of bail.

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