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Ticket scam fraudsters jailed

PUBLISHED: 11:52 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:08 25 August 2010

THREE crooked concert promoters who flew models and musicians around the globe with profits from a £1.2 million airline ticket scam were jailed for a total of 13 years.

THREE crooked concert promoters who flew models and musicians around the globe with profits from a £1.2 million airline ticket scam were jailed for a total of 13 years.

Michael Sanchez, 29, of Middle Park Avenue and Rashid Hammou, 38, Westhorne Avenue, both Eltham, and Paul Kelly, 53, of Vickers Hill, Lewisham, fleeced a respected family travel agency to fund their Bolivia-based company staging spectacular salsa events worldwide.

The trio and family members also took free holidays while Essex-based Flights International (Southend) Ltd foundered in the five-month plot. All three admitted conspiracy to defraud between March 27 and August 31, 2007.

Prosecutor Jane Bickerstaffe said: "This was a case of the deliberate targeting and acquiring of a company in order to run it into the ground.

"It was aimed at rapid returns within a short period, milking creditors and lining their pockets before the balloon went up."

Passing sentence on Tuesday Judge James Wadsworth described it as a 'well thought out and professionally planned fraud.'

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