Man charged with selling fake Ed Sheeran tickets faces court


A Brisbane man has faced court, accused of selling fake tickets to Ed Sheeran’s recent concert. Fans were allegedly left empty-handed, after forking out hundreds of dollars for tickets that never arrived.

Courtney McAllister reports.

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Rocking red and blue sneakers, and an outfit just as loud, Mr Yeung was undeniably the star of this show.

The 33-year-old Underwood man faced the Brisbane Magistrate’s court today charged with selling fake Ed Sheeran concert tickets and two other counts of fraud.

Police allege Mr Yeung lured concert goers online with a stolen identity, reportedly charging victims $250 for a ticket to the sell-out show.

Two women claimed to have sent payment to Mr Yeung’s bank accounts, allegedly set up for the scam in June and August last year.

But their tickets never arrived.

Queensland Police say concert scammers prey on naive fans all too often.

Det. Supt Terry Lawrence, Queensland Police: “Big problem, big problem ’cause everything’s so easy to do online for starters. People have an emotional investment in this sort of thing because they want to see their star.”

Mr Yeung’s bank accounts have remained frozen since his arrest in February making life difficult for the alleged offender since being released on bail.

The Magistrate heard Mr Yeung has been unable to access a lawyer while police maintain control over his finances.

The court has given Mr Yeung three weeks to obtain legal aid before he reappears in court at the end of May.

Courtney McAllister, QUT News.