SFO - Serious Fraud Office

Xclusive

Background

The SFO, together with the Metropolitan Police, investigated the affairs of Xclusive Tickets Ltd, Xclusive Leisure & Hospitality Ltd, Tradeandbid.com Ltd, Rugby World Cup 2007 Hospitality Ltd, World Hospitality Company Ltd and ATC.com Ltd ("the Xclusive companies"), all of which are in liquidation. These companies sold tickets or hospitality packages online for a wide variety of events including the Beijing Olympics and various 2008 summer music festivals in the UK. A large number of these tickets were not supplied or the full service was not provided.

If you suspect you have been a victim of a ticket fraud that does not relate to the Xclusive companies, you can report it to Action Fraud.

Updates

Update as at 14 August 2013

Yesterday at Westminster Magistrates Court Alan Scott was found in default of the payment of the confiscation order made on 4 October 2012.  The time to pay the order expired on 4 April 2013.  As a consequence, he was ordered to serve four years' imprisonment, consecutive to his original sentence of seven years made on 11 July 2011.

Update as at 5 October 2012

The confiscation hearing was completed on 4 October 2012 at Southwark Crown Court in respect of Terence Shepherd and Alan Scott. The following orders were made:

  • Terence Shepherd was ordered to pay £1,250,000 within six months, with a default sentence of six years if he fails to pay.  
  • Alan Scott was ordered to pay £500,000 within six months, with a default sentence of four years.

A compensation order was also made and the judge directed that compensation be paid out of confiscated funds. The SFO will be writing to those victims eligible for compensation within the next few weeks. 

Update as at 26 September 2012

The confiscation hearing at Southwark Crown Court recommenced on 25 September 2012.  Closing submissions were heard from counsel for the SFO and Mr Shepherd. The hearing has now been adjourned until 4 October 2012 when submissions will be received from Mr Scott's counsel, followed by judgment.

Update as at 20 July 2012

The confiscation hearing at Southwark Crown Court has been further adjourned to Tuesday 25 September 2012

Update as at 16 July 2012

Terence Shepherd's renewed applications for leave to appeal against conviction and sentence were heard by the Court of Appeal on Friday 13 July 2012.  The Court rejected the applications.

Update as at 9 July 2012

Terence Shepherd has resubmitted his application for leave to appeal against conviction and sentence. The application will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday 13 July 2012.

The adjourned confiscation hearing at Southwark Crown Court has been listed for Friday 20 July 2012.

Update as at 11 June 2012

The confiscation hearing at Southwark Crown Court began on 30 May 2012. The hearing did not finish and has been adjourned until a later date which will be before the start of the Olympic Games. When we know the precise date we post an update on this page.

Update as at 1 May 2012

The confiscation hearing at Southwark Crown Court has been rescheduled until the week beginning 28 May 2012 following a request from the defence. The hearing is expected to take three days. Terence Shepherd has resubmitted an appeal against his sentence. No date has yet been set for this.

Update as at 6 February 2012

On 6 February 2012, the judge (HHJ Beddoe) ordered the confiscation hearing for Terence Shepherd and Alan Scott to take place at the Crown Court at Southwark on 30 April 2012. The hearing is expected to last three days.

A judge in the Court of Appeal has rejected applications from Terence Shepherd and Alan Scott for leave to appeal against the severity of their sentences and, in Shepherd's case, his conviction. Shepherd has now resubmitted his application which will be heard before the full Court of Appeal. No date has yet been set for this.

Update as at 26 September 2012

The confiscation hearing at Southwark Crown Court recommenced on 25 September 2012.  Closing submissions were heard from counsel for the SFO and Mr Shepherd. The hearing has now been adjourned until 4 October 2012 when submissions will be received from Mr Scott's counsel, followed by judgment.

Update as at 16 November 2011

On 14 November 2011 HHJ Beddoe granted a confiscation order against Allan Schaverien amounting to £19,855. He was given 28 days to pay with a default sentence of 12 months. The judge also ordered a directions hearing on 6 February 2012 at Southwark Crown Court in respect of the confiscation proceedings against Terence Shepherd and Alan Scott. We will update this page after every confiscation hearing.

After a hearing at Southwark Crown Court on 14 and 15 November 2011, Terence Shepherd was found to be in contempt of his restraint order. HHJ Beddoe sentenced him to a further 8 months in jail to be served consecutively to his previous sentence.

At a hearing at Southwark Crown Court on 15 November 2011, at the request of the SFO, HHJ Beddoe granted Serious Crime Prevention Orders against Terence Shepherd and Alan Scott. Amongst other things, the orders prevent them from selling or offering to sell tickets to the general public for 5 years starting from their physical release from prison.

Update as at 30 September 2011

There will be a hearing at Southwark Crown Court on 14 November 2011 to start confiscation proceedings. Before the Judge considers whether a confiscation order should be granted, there is likely to be a number of hearings to determine benefit and the amounts recoverable. If the SFO gets a confiscation order, the Judge may direct that compensation is paid out of the amounts confiscated.

Update as at 4 August 2011

Terence Shepherd has submitted an appeal against conviction and the severity of his sentence.

Update as at 1 August 2011

Alan Scott has submitted an appeal against the severity of his sentence.

Update as at 12 July 2011

On 11 July 2011, Terence Shepherd, Alan Scott and Allan Schaverien were sentenced to eight years' imprisonment, seven years' imprisonment and two years eight months' imprisonment respectively. Further details can be found in the press release.

Update as at 6 July 2011

Verdicts have been returned this week at Southwark Crown Court following a seven week trial. Two defendants were found guilty of a variety of offences for failing to supply tickets to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and summer music events such as the V, Leeds and Reading festivals. Another defendant pleaded guilty before the trial. They operated through the Xclusive group of companies, receiving over £5 million in payment for the various events but supplied no tickets or refunds. Sentencing will be on 11 July. For further information please see the press release.

Updateas at 13 June 2011

On 6 June 2011, the Judge ordered that not guilty verdicts be entered for the Fraud Act offences relating to the unauthorised sale of football tickets. As a consequence of this decision, Mr van Meel is no longer on trial. It continues in respect of the other charges against the remaining defendants.

Update as at 17 May 2011

Allan Schaverien pleaded guilty on 15 April 2011 and was bailed for sentencing until after the completion of the trial.

The trial for the remaining defendants will open on Wednesday 18 May 2011 at Southwark Crown Court.

Update as at 14 April 2011

The trial is fixed for 16 May 2011 at Southwark Crown Court in front of HHJ Beddoe and is expected to last between eight and 10 weeks.

At the plea and case management hearing (PCMH) on 10 June 2010 all six defendants pleaded not guilty to all counts. The first hearing in front of the trial judge has been set for 8 November 2010 at Southwark Crown Court. All six defendants have been released on conditional bail.

Update as at March 2010

On 8 March 2010, a man aged 54, who had been arrested, interviewed and bailed on 15 December 2009, was released without charge.

The first hearing took place at Camberwell Magistrates Court on 15 October 2009. The case was adjourned until 15 January 2010 on which date it was transferred to Southwark Crown Court. The first Case Management Hearing took place on 30 March 2010 during which HHJ Rivlin scheduled a Plea and Case Management Hearing ("PCMH")for 10 June 2010. At the PCMH all six defendants pleaded not guilty to all counts. The trial is fixed for 3 May 2011 at Southwark Crown Court in front of HHJ Beddoe. All six defendants have been released on conditional bail.

Following a review of the evidence, on 8 October 2009 Terence Shepherd (51), Allan Schaverien (65), Alan Scott (55), Cyril Gold (67), Geert van Meel (52) and Margaret Canty-Shepherd (49) were charged as follows:

Fraudulent trading in respect of the operation of the Xclusive companies:
Terence Shepherd and Alan Scott

Aiding and abetting Fraudulent Trading in respect of the operation of the Xclusive Companies:
Allan Schaverien and Cyril Gold

Fraud Act offences in respect of unauthorised sale of football tickets by the Xclusive companies:
Terence Shepherd and Alan Scott.

Fraud Act offences in respect of unauthorised sale of football tickets by the Online Ticket Exchange Ltd:
Terence Shepherd and Geert van Meel.

Money laundering:
Terence Shepherd and Margaret Canty-Shepherd.

Breach of a Directors Disqualification Order:
Terence Shepherd

Update as at 2 April 2009

The SFO, again with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police, searched one residential and one business premises in North London.

Update as at 25 November 2008

The SFO together with the Metropolitan Police conducted searches at three residential properties and one business property, all in the London area.

The SFO would like to thank all those individuals who have assisted the enquiry so far. To date we have received 668 completed questionnaires from 596 individuals. These have been used by the case team to focus our enquiries. A representative sample of those who have completed the questionnaire have been approached to provide a formal statement where they have indicated a willingness to do so.

If you have completed a questionnaire and your contact details change in any way, we would be grateful if you could update the details by emailing them to xclusive@sfo.gsi.gov.uk.

When the SFO is in a position to issue further progress updates on this case, we will post an update on this section of the website.