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£80,000 confiscated for illegal sale of Olympic tickets

March 7, 2013, 11:49 am

Over £80,000 has been confiscated from two ticket touts convicted of laundering cash made from the illegal sale of London 2012 tickets this summer.

Appearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court today (6 March 2013):

Johan LEVER (7.9.55 – 57 years) of Elounda, Crete, had pleaded guilty to money laundering. He was fined £5000.

Lubor PEKAROVIC (24.3.86 – 26 years) of Swaton Road, London E3, was today found guilty of money laundering. He was given a two year conditional discharge.

Lever was arrested by detectives from Operation Podium, the dedicated MPS unit set up to tackle serious and organised crime affecting the Olympic economy, after he was spotted selling Olympic Volleyball tickets outside Earls Court on 12 August 2012. Approx £3100 in cash he was carrying was also seized.

Officers quickly discovered he was working with another person, and Pekarovic was subsequently arrested on 15 August when police raided their illegal ticket HQ, which was being run from a back bedroom of a property in Bow, E3.

The investigation uncovered evidence that the pair had obtained around 565 Olympic tickets from various European contacts of Lever’s company, Lever Reisen Incentives, which was based in the Netherlands. Between 12 July and 9 August 2012, they had also deposited thousands of pounds into a bank account, which police believe to be proceeds from their illegal sale of tickets. The money was immediately restrained by police. In total, £80,974.33 has already been confiscated.

Detective Superintendent Nick Downing, head of Operation Podium, said:

“This is a clear case of two individuals who set out with a plan to make as much money as they could from Olympic sports fans who could not obtain tickets through the authorised ticketing system. Lever and Pekarovic were on the streets selling overpriced tickets to desperate sports fans. My officers will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that criminals do not benefit from their criminal activity, today we have stripped these ticket touts of £80,000.”

 
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