Monday 25 June 2018

Serial conman jailed for defrauding Liverpool football fans

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Isabel Hayes

A serial conman who took money from football fans for non-existent tickets to Liverpool matches has been jailed for one year.

Robert Keogh (36) pleaded guilty to 16 counts of inducing another to hand over cash with the intention of making a gain on dates between July 2015 and February 2016.

Keogh “demonstrated great ability as a conman”, Judge Martin Nolan said as he handed down a one-year sentence in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.

“He was persuasive. He convinced them he was a man to be trusted.”

Keogh, with an address in Hazelbury Green, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, conned his victims out of a total of €4,593 after he advertised fake tickets on DoneDeal website, the court heard.

Some victims lost their money after they paid Keogh online and never received the promised tickets. Others met Keogh in person and handed over money, but were told they would get the tickets later, Maurice Coffey BL, prosecuting, told the court.

One of his victims lost a total of €980 after buying tickets for a group of children, the court heard. Other victims lost money on flights they had arranged to Liverpool.

Keogh used two aliases online, but his real name was on the bank account used, which led to him being caught by gardaí.

Keogh has no previous convictions. However, he has recently pleaded guilty to a number of similar offences in the District Court, the court heard.

Defence counsel, Emmet Nolan BL, said his client has repaid a total of €620 to some of his victims. He said Keogh had hoped to save more money for his victims, but he lost his job in retail after news of his offending got out.

Mr Nolan said Keogh had been a talented GAA player but he suffered an injury and developed a gambling addiction while recovering over a number of months. At the height of his addiction, he was spending between €500 and €1000 a day on football bets, the court heard.

He has since undergone rehabilitation for gambling and continues to attend weekly meetings.

Keogh is extremely remorseful for his actions, he added.

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