25 Oct 2016

Appeal over Rugby World Cup ticket fraud dismissed

2:48 pm on 25 October 2016

An appeal by two taxi drivers found guilty of a Rugby World Cup ticket scam worth more than $500,000 has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.

Rugby World Cup 2011 opening ceremony

Cheap tickets for the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rugby World Cup were offered as part of the scam. Photo: AFP

Nebiyou Demissie and his younger brother, Asgedom Demissie, were convicted on 30 charges relating to a scalping operation in the lead-up to the 2011 final.

More than 1000 Rugby World Cup tickets were found in the men's homes, along with a flier advertising cheap opening ceremony tickets.

They had been sentenced to 12 months home detention and 200 hours of community work.

Both men's appeals against their convictions - and Mr Demissie's appeal against his sentence - had already been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.