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Ticket scalper punished for ripping off customers

A ticket scalper who bilked four people of more than 7,200 yuan (US$1,129) by promising them train tickets was sentenced to five months in detention and fined 1,000 yuan, the Jing'an District People's Court said today.

Prosecutors said Li Hui cheated the four victims at a ticket booth on Taixing Road near Fengxian Road between July 10 and 27.

One victim surnamed Yao said he went to the ticket booth on July 27 for train tickets to Lhasa. He was told all the tickets had been sold and he felt disappointed because he wouldn't be able to travel with his girlfriend, the court heard.

Yao then met Li who claimed he could get train tickets for him but asked for 1,300 yuan for each ticket. After Yao paid him 2,600 yuan, Li simply disappeared and was caught in a hotel soon after Li reported to the police.

At the court, Li admitted having swindled three other victims at ticket booths on Yixian Road, Taimu Road W. and Sichuang Road N. of more than 7,200 yuan.


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