Former worker pleads guilty to £5k ticketing scam at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Photo: Geograph Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Photo: Geograph
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A former employee at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry has pleaded guilty to stealing £5,000 in a ticketing scam.

Graham Aylott, who worked as a development officer at the theatre, admitted accepting bookings for the theatre via email and giving out his own bank details for payment instead of those of the theatre.

The Coventry Telegraph reported that when Aylott was interviewed, he admitted to struggling financially and using the money to pay off gambling debts.

It also reported that 55 transactions took place, leading to a total theft of £5,109.

The events took place between February 2013 and December 2015, before Aylott was charged earlier this year.

The case, held at Warwick Crown Court, has been adjourned prior to sentencing, which will take place in January.

Executive director Joanna Reid confirmed that Aylott had “misappropriated a significant number of generally small amounts of money”, using a “complex and fraudulent system” to ensure they were not spotted.

“However our internal systems meant we did discover this, the matter was fully investigated and then handed over to the police. We were shocked at his betrayal of trust and we are pleased that this matter has now been satisfactorily concluded,” she added.

Earlier this year in a separate incident, police confirmed they were investigating a scam concerning tickets for the live show of Mrs Brown’s Boys, which were sold for non-existing performances in Birmingham.