Eleven individuals have been sentenced to jail after an elaborate iTunes scam that earned them up to £1million.
The group uploaded songs onto both Itunes and Amazon and then used stolen credit card details to buy the songs and obtain the royalties.
Craig Anderson, 24, (the king pin, if you will) orchestrated the whole thing and instructed the others to do his bidding. The group was made up of an ex-footballer and his baby mama, Anderson’s girlfriend Siobhan Clarke, musicians and IT teacher James Batchelor, 29, who has been jailed for two years.
Judge Nicholas Lorraine-Smith told Batchelor:
You certainly were not the architect of any fraud but a musician who Anderson took advantage of, and I suspect he flattered you and then used you. But within a matter of days you realised you were being used as part of a fraud and no less than £185,000 passed through your account…
Anderson, of Dartford, Kent, was jailed for four years and eight months at an earlier court hearing and the rest of them received sentences from 32 weeks to two years.
Well you’ve got to hand it to them, the scheme was definitely imaginative. But unlike the box office hit, there’s no Hollywood ending and no one got the girl.