20-year-old man sentenced to 5 months in prison for selling 2 counterfeit MIRROR concert tickets to woman for HK$10,000


16th August 2022 – (Hong Kong) The popular MIRROR boy band held a concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum at the end of last month. When tickets went on sale in May, there were many scalpers who tried to make money by re-selling the tickets at higher price. A 20-year-old man was suspected of counterfeiting concert tickets and selling them at a price of HK$10,000 for 2.

The young man involved in the case pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining property by deception and one count of possessing a false document at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court today (16th). The Magistrate sentenced him to immediate imprisonment for 5 months and ordered the defendant to compensate the victim HK$500.

The female victim found out the tickets were fake when they were handed over at MTR Cheung Sha Wan station, and 4 other fake tickets were suspected to be issued. The young man involved in the case pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining property by deception and one count of possessing false documents at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts today (16th). The 20-year-old defendant So Lok-lam, who reported as a transport worker attempted to sell 2 counterfeit concert tickets on 8th May, 2022 to a female victim for HK$10,000 and he also tended to keep 4 counterfeit concert tickets at the same place on the same day.

The police recovered HK$6,000 from the defendant and found another 4 fake tickets. The defence pleaded that the defendant in the two cases was young and lived with his adoptive parents. He committed this crime just to increase his income and satisfy his girlfriend’s shopping desire. The defendant left the correctional institution in January this year for committing another crime, and then worked in the food stall for 2 months, but after committing the crime, he was dismissed and could only work as a casual transport worker with unstable income.

In addition, there was no evidence to show that the counterfeit tickets were made by the defendant, and the sentence should be as light as possible. The magistrate pointed out that the defendant had premeditated the crime. In addition to the two counterfeit tickets sold to the victim, he also had four counterfeit tickets. Moreover, he committed another crime just 5 months after he was released from prison, and decided to use 7.5 months in prison for each charge as the starting point for sentencing. After deduction, he was sentenced to 5 months in prison.