Ellie Catchesides, 28, is as lucky as she is dishonest. The mother of three sold thousands of dollars worth of fake Disneyland tickets to friends. Yet, she will not be going to jail for her disgraceful betrayal of people who were seeking to take their families to Disney in Paris.
Catchesides admitted to defrauding four people including a friend of 15 years by telling them that she had passes that she could not use. A mother posted the fraud on the Internet and helped reveal the criminality.
When confronted Catchesides claimed to be a victim, but later admitted to the scam.
Judge Andrew Lees denounced Catchesides at sentencing and said that she committed “a mean and dishonest offense against [innocent people] and there was some persistence in what you were doing.”
Yet, Catchesides was sentenced to complete 140 hours of unpaid work for her role and no jail time.
Do you feel that such an offense warranted at least some jail time?