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Online scam Woman helped fraudster con Pink fans into paying for fake concert tickets

Three people paid a combined amount of €1,060 for a 2019 RDS concert by the Get The Party Started singer, but never got any tickets.

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Jessica Corcoran (28)

Jessica Corcoran (28)

Jessica Corcoran (28)

A woman took part in a scam that saw fans of singer-songwriter Pink conned into paying for fake tickets to a Dublin concert.

Jessica Corcoran (28) withdrew the three victims’ money from a bank account and handed it over to an online fraudster, receiving a small cut for herself in return, a court heard.

The three people paid the fraudster a combined amount of €1,060 for a 2019 RDS concert by the Get The Party Started singer, but never got any tickets.

Judge Brian O’Shea spared Corcoran jail, giving her a six-month suspended sentence for her role.

He said she seemed to be a “magnet for misfortune and disaster”.

Corcoran, of New Seskin Court, Tallaght, Dublin, admitted theft and money-laundering offences over a three-month period, between August and November, 2018.

Detective Garda Jason Weir told Dublin District Court in February 2019 that gardaí were alerted by AIB to an online fraud involving customers who had paid for tickets to the Pink concert, which was due to take place in Dublin’s RDS later that year.

The injured parties made contact with the seller, who gave an account number in another woman’s name. When the money was paid, it was withdrawn immediately and the victims were left with no tickets.

Corcoran withdrew the money from her friend’s account, which she had been using, and passed it on to the other person, the court heard.

She later handed herself in to Sundrive Road garda station, where she was arrested for deception and admitted her role.

The court heard the three victims – a woman and two men – paid sums of €400, €440 and €220.

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Singer-songwriter Pink in concert at the RDS, Dublin, in June 2019

Singer-songwriter Pink in concert at the RDS, Dublin, in June 2019

Singer-songwriter Pink in concert at the RDS, Dublin, in June 2019


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A male friend of Corcoran’s had placed an advert on DoneDeal. When the money was lodged into the account, she would retrieve the funds, hand them over to the man and receive a small cut for herself.

Corcoran was influenced by the man, Det Gda Weir said.

The accused was “no longer with this gentleman”, her solicitor Eoin Lysaght said.

The bank had compensated the three victims, so the only person at a loss was the account holder, who did not wish to make a complaint because she was friends with Corcoran.

The accused had been through some tragedies in the recent past, Mr Lysaght said.

Judge O’Shea said the victims had been “conned out of” money and the offence was toward the upper end of the range.

It was a “relatively elaborate scam” with multiple victims involved. It happened over a three-month period and “at no point did it occur to her that she should stop”.

“She simply hadn’t been caught and continued on with what she was doing,” Judge O’Shea said.

“She seems to be a magnet for misfortune and disaster,” he said, reading a probation report on Corcoran.

The judge noted, however, that she had fully co-operated at every stage of the investigation and made admissions to the gardaí as soon as she was caught.

She had brought a substantial sum to court in compensation, €1,560, which was in excess of what the victims paid.

He was satisfied this was an expression of remorse rather than trying to “buy her way out of trouble”.

The judge suspended the sentence for 18 months.

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