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Bedfordshire law grad, 25, faces jail after flogging non-existent Bieber tickets in £7,000 scam

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Trainee admits 16 counts of fraud by false representation

A University of Bedfordshire law graduate is facing a spell behind bars after scamming concert-goers out of more than £7,000.

Zainab Pervaiz, 25, from Walsall in the West Midlands, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of fraud by false representation when she appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

Pervaiz — who graduated in 2013 — admitted flogging non-existent concert tickets to Justin Bieber, Beyoncé and Adele fans. Genuine concert tickets for these performers go for near to £100, though VIP tickets can cost far more.

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Aspiring lawyer Pervaiz used the PayPal account of a friend’s grandfather between February 2015 and December 2016 to receive thousands of pounds in payments, before transferring the ill-gotten gains into her own account. Legal Cheek understands that Pervaiz was, until recently, in the process of completing her training contract at a local firm with the hopes of becoming an immigration solicitor.

Her barrister, Citadel Chambers’ Amanda O’Mara, told the court that Pervaiz knew of the impact this would have on her solicitor plans, according to the Mail Online. She continued:

“She is a law student who will not be able to follow her career any more… She fully accepts her responsibility and criminal behaviour over this time period.”

Judge Simon Drew QC, who bailed Pervaiz to return for sentencing in November, described how she had lied “consistently, repeatedly, not only to the complainant — the grandfather — but also the police as well”.

But is Pervaiz’s legal career really all but over? A Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) spokesperson told Legal Cheek that every application to the profession “is dealt with on its merits”, and that there “are no convictions or otherwise that lead to an automatic refusal”.

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Trumpenkrieg

I’ll spare you the customary and very obvious remark which I would otherwise make in relation to cases such as this.

Anonymous

What might that be pray tell? Undoubtably some bigoted stereotype but which one this time? Race? Religion? Sex? Profession? You have so much choice you probably used up all of your tissues!

Anonymous

Amateur when compared to the lawyers that helped HBOS “mug” the Lloyds shareholders.

I'm trying to be a better person

I just want you all to know that it took everything I had to refrain from making a snide remark about the University of Bedfordshire.

Anonymous

You should have been snide, you could have said that it is a sub-par university and that you are pretty amazed that someone from the law course actually got a training contract.

Anonymous

Why would someone use furniture to cross a river, and then name a university after it?

Jones Day Managing Partner

I’m not sure what is the bigger barrier to a career in law, the conviction or her degree

Anonymous

The latter. You can always explain away the conviction.

banter claus

I don’t Beliebe it!

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