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PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:40 25 August 2010

A PIRATE CD seller involved in one of the biggest ever cons in the music industry escaped jail on Monday because he suffers from depression

A PIRATE CD seller involved in one of the biggest ever cons in the music industry escaped jail on Monday because he suffers from depression

Ayaz Qureshi, 38, sold bootleg compilations from a stall in Woolwich Market in a racket that cost the industry £5 million.

He sold CDs imported by married mum Farhat Nissa, 35, of Finchley, north London, who used her well respected music CD brokerage SFH Ltd, based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, as a front for crime.

Ms Nissa was jailed for four-and-a-half-years for importing hundreds of thousands of counterfeit CDs to the UK after they were produced to order from factories in the Czech Republic.

But the prosecution, at Snaresbrook Crown Court, conceded that manic depressive Qureshi, of Glebelands Avenue, Newbury Park, east London, was a small player in the wider conspiracy. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud.

Unemployed Qureshi, who claims incapacity benefit and lives with his parents, was also ordered to comply with a 12-month supervision order.

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