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Mother who sold friends fake Disneyland tickets spared jail

Tourists pose just outside the entrance to Disneyland Paris theme park in Marne-la-Vallee, near Paris, France.

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A British woman who sold thousands of dollars worth of fake Disneyland tickets to friends on their way to prison for the crime.

According to the Mirror, the 28-year-old Ellie Catchesides sold a number of tickets for Disneyland Paris via her Facebook account. In all, Cathesides sold tickets for four persons, including a woman she had been friends with for 15 years.

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Catchesides, a mother of three, claimed to have bought it comes to the French tourist attraction, but told followers she was unable to make the trek and would instead sell them for a reduced price. Those tickets that are fake were sold for £ 1500 (around $1,880).

A mother set up a JustGiving group for fraud victims after discovery of the incident. Her evidence was used in Woolwich Crown Court, when the case was heard March 21. Catchesides eventually admitted to four counts of fraud.

“At first my friend thought it had happened to me but when I look further into it, I have noticed that I am not alone,” said Catchesides’ friend and victim Jade Miller.

“Once upon a time, there was a family turned up on the day ready to travel to Disneyland paris with the children to discover the heartbreaking truth.”

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Catchesides first claimed that he was a victim of a fraud in her own and she told that she was “afraid to leave her home”, but she eventually admitted to her role in the Disneyland scam.

“You sell fake trips to people who no doubt work hard and were hoping that they had the chance to go on vacation, that would be fun for them and their family,” said Judge Andrew Read, during his closing speech.

“But it turned out you were committing a foul and unfair crime against them and there was a number of persistence in what you were doing,” he said.

Catchesides was ordered to complete 140 hours of unpaid work for her role in the scam, but they will not be going to prison.

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