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£4m conman bankrupt after assets seized 30 May 2013

A criminal who once made £4 million from selling illegal tickets for Premier League football matches, concerts and Wimbledon has been declared bankrupt for a second time.

David Leigh Spanton, previously of Thornhill Crescent, Islington was declared bankrupt eight months after he was sentenced to 22 months in jail for running an illegal ticketing scam.

Insolvency News understands his bankruptcy follows a serious crime prevention order sought by the Metropolitan Police and subsequent confiscation of assets made from Spanton’s criminal activities.

Southwark Crown Court previously heard that he had previously obtained credit while bankrupt and had already been disqualified as a director for 15 years after running a similar ticket scam in 2009.

The latest bankruptcy ruling means he will be automatically discharged on 9 May 2014.

At the time of his arrest, detective superintendent Nick Downing of the Metropolitan Police described Spanton as a man who “continued to flout the law, even after arrest, by trading and setting up an illegal ticketing business.”

Spanton was previously declared bankrupt in 2004. His company, The London Ticket Brokerage Limited entered liquidation in 2009.

Detectives working on the now-defunct Operation Podium were responsible for Spanton’s arrest as part of a crackdown on ticket fraudsters before the 2012 Olympics.



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