Pervert impersonated a police officer to get details of Cursed Child actors
A babyfaced sex offender, who pretended to be a policeman to get the phone numbers of stars in the West End play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, has been jailed.
Reece Scobie, 23, was dressed in full police gear, including body armour and handcuffs, when he gained backstage access at the Palace Theatre in Soho, central London.
He went in and asked performers for their details, including phone numbers and email addresses, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told.
But shortly after, doubts were raised about his identity and he was arrested at the nearby Z Hotel, which he had booked for a two-week stay.
He admitted impersonating a police officer and wearing a police uniform with intent to deceive in court yesterday.
Darren Watts, prosecuting, said: ‘It is accepted the (hotel) booking was for two weeks.
‘The concern is the fact that he quite deliberately and fraudulently posed as a police officer to go to a London play where the two main adult stars were playing children’s parts, in order to gain access to them and this individual is known sexual offender.
‘He attended at the show purporting to be a police officer needing to speak to the two stars.
‘He was then ushered backstage and said that there were individuals who wanted them. He proceeded to request various personal details, including mobile phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses.’
Scobie also breaching sexual offences prevention order requirements by failing to notify police of a change of address and using a bank account not registered with the police to book the hotel and theatre tickets.
Mr Watts added: ‘Using that back account, he has obviously booked these hotel rooms and he also used that bank account to book tickets to the show every night for 14 nights.’
The Scot had been likened to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the hit movie Catch Me If You Can when he was jailed for a global travel con in 2014.
He fleeced travel agents out of more than £70,000 while booking flights around the world, and staying in hotels used by A-list celebrities.
Scobie was jailed for 12 months in Iceland last February for fraud and possessing indecent images of kids.
He was arrested when his New York-bound flight, paid for with a fake credit card, touched down to refuel in Rekjavik.
Scobie had admitted fraud charges as well as possessing and distributing 4,750 photographs and 345 videos of child porn at the District Court of Reykjanes.
Scobie, from Inchture, Perth, admitted impersonating a police officer, wearing a police uniform with intent to deceive and two counts of breaching the notification requirements of the sex offenders register.
He was jailed for a total of eight months.
Jetsetting Scots swindler jailed for fraud and indecent images of kids
A SCOTS swindler behind a £70,000 global travel con has been jailed in Iceland for fraud and possessing indecent images of kids.
Reece Scobie, 22, was nicked when his New York-bound flight – which he’d paid for with a fake credit card – touched down to refuel in Rekjavik.
Cops released him but re-arrested him when they discovered he’d used the fake plastic to pay for his hotel and a mobile.
Yesterday at the District Court of Reykjanes he was banged up for a year and ordered to pay 3.3million Icelandic Krona – £18,000 – in court costs.
The crook, from Perth – once compared to Catch Me If You Can fraudster Frank Abagnale – admitted repeated fraud violations and possessing and distributing 4,750 illicit snaps and 345 vile videos.
Scobie, who also had his computer equipment confiscated, will serve out the remainder of his sentence in the UK.
In 2013 aged just 19 he was jailed for 16 months for swindling travel agents out of £70,000 to fund his jetsetting lifestyle.
He booked business class flights and hotels around the world and used so many bogus names he couldn’t remember them all.
Scobie – who claims he suffers from Aspergers Syndrome – was in Los Angeles when his scam was rumbled and admitted the fraud between July 2011 and January 2012.
At Perth Sheriff Court his solicitor compared him to notorious US fraudster Frank Abagnale, whose life story was made into hit film Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
Jim Laverty said: “People jot down their dream journeys on paper but, unfortunately, Scobie had the wherewhithal to book those in the real world.”
Scobie also scammed at least five luxury holidays each costing between £5,000 and £10,000 while living with his mother.
And he even managed to dupe court staff into handing him back his passport, which had been confiscated as a condition of bail.
After working for Thomson Travel for just two months, he continued to use the company’s passwords to book flights and hotels after he’d left – conning them out of £11,200.
And while in a British Airways lounge, he discovered that the previous computer user who worked for Cambridge Business Travel had not properly logged off.
He scanned their emails and was able to gain access to the company’s booking system – using it to book nearly £60,000 of flights to LA, New York, Atlanta and Abu Dhabi and Singapore.