Leeds Festival conman is jailed for three years

Christopher Bundza.
Christopher Bundza.
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A CONMAN who sold music lovers tickets to the Leeds Festival which never existed had been jailed.

Christopher Bundza, 45, was jailed for three years yesterday over the scam and a fraud relating to the purchase of his home in Garforth.

Bundza’s former partner and mother of their four children, Kathryn White, avoided jail after admitting four offences of fraud.

Bundza was found guilty of 18 fraud and money laundering charges earlier this year after a jury heard he sold tickets to the 2008 festival via a number of eBay accounts and through his own website.

Analysis of two eBay accounts traced to Bundza, of Goosefield Rise, Garforth, showed he also sold tickets for the 2008 V Festival in Chelmsford.

Leeds Crown Court heard his benefit from the scam was just under £7,000.

Police were alerted after Bundza failed to meet people to hand over tickets on the day of the festival.

White was found not guilty of the charge connected with scam.

The pair yesterday pleaded guilty to making a fraudulent mortgage application of £107,000 on their home in June 2006.

Both made false declarations about their income and failed to declare Bundza’s previous criminal record.

He was cautioned for a similar scam relating to Robbie Williams concert tickets in 2007 and has also served a sentence for evading excise duty.

The couple also admitted another fraud in which they applied for 6,000 and lied about how much they earned.

White also admitted two other charges of fraud relating to the purchase of a £9,000 car and a £4,420 personal loan.

She was given a 12-month community and supervision order.

Jailing Bundza, Judge Penelope Belcher said: “This was a nasty and unpleasant matter. Secondary ticketing is not illegal.

“But the jury found that you were not selling a ticket and the whole thing was a fraud.

“When you did not get tickets you effectively went to ground.”

John Harrison, for Bundza, said some of the victims who paid on credit card were able to recover the cash and the mortgage on the property in Garforth had been paid regularly.

Denise Breen-Lawton, for White, said the couple’s relationship had ended as a result of the court proceedings.

She said White’s four children were dependent on her and described Bundza as the “prime mover” in the fraud.

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