2008 Leeds Festival conman jailed

A con man was jailed for three years after duping people out of money by offering tickets to a 2008 Leeds Festival. Christopher Bundza was found guilty in March on 17 charges by a jury at Leeds Crown Court. The charges were for obtaining proceeds of a fraud and ticket fraud.  He also has admitted to fraud charges for obtaining a loan and a mortgage.

Bundza used eBay and his own site to advertise tickets for the 2008 V Festival in Chelmsford and the Leeds Festival making it look as though he could supply them. Once complaints started to come in about tickets not being supplied, the police started to investigate. A total of close to £7,000 was paid for festival packages by 17 customers.

Bundza and his ex-partner Kathryn White, in 2006, applied to buy and improve a home in Garforth, Leeds with a mortgage. He stated he had no previous convictions when in 1999 he was in court for dishonesty offences received a jail term for four years in 2003 not paying tobacco duty in another scam.

Both he and White inflated their incomes when applying and she also purchased a car with a loan and received an additional personal loan in 2007 after again inflating her income on applications.

The Judge said it was clear he had no tickets to give for the festivals and had blatantly lied on his mortgage application. White was given a 12 month community order after admitting to the loan and mortgage deceptions and the court was told by White that her relationship with Bundza had ended.