Kirsty Cox, from Newton Aycliffe, took thousands of Christmas orders, but failed to deliver the devices

The Northern Echo: Kirsty Cox at a previous court hearing Kirsty Cox at a previous court hearing

A WOMAN who ripped off customers in an iPad scam worth £450,000 wept today as she was jailed for two years.

Kirsty Cox was told by a judge at Teesside Crown Court that she had caused misery to her many victims.

Cox, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud when she appeared at court in November.

The 37-year-old had already admitted two further counts of cheating customers with the scam at a previous hearing in July.

Today, she was told she faces having her finances scrutinised to see if any assets can be used to compensate her victims.

Under Proceeds of Crime Act legislation, she may have to sell her home as prosecutors look to claw back some of the money.

Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, said individual victims lost between £400 and £232,000 in the scam between August and December 2012.

When police were finally called, they found a mob of "disgruntled customers" outside of Cox's home, the court heard.

The mother-of-two claimed she could get cut-price iPads and took orders for thousands of them from friends and colleagues.

Paul Cleasby, mitigating, said she paid full price for the tablets from High Street stores to meet the demands - but sold them cheaper.

He described her business model as "ludicrous and frankly bizarre" and said she had not made any money from the venture.

"There was no planning, there was no sophistication," he said. "It seems to have been a snowball effect which quickly turned into an avalanche."

Cox, of Wellbury Grove, Newton Aycliffe, took thousands of orders but failed to deliver them in the run up to Christmas.

Judge George Moorhouse told her: "Although you had no personal gain, other people - through your false representations - have suffered considerable loss.

"It has also caused misery to some people, especially young children, who were expecting presents which never arrived."

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2:34pm Fri 3 Jan 14

gavshaw62 says...

2 years she has got off lightly if it had been a bank or post office she would have been looking at 10 years plus
2 years she has got off lightly if it had been a bank or post office she would have been looking at 10 years plus gavshaw62
  • Score: 21

2:59pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Pierremontquaker03 says...

Revenue is Vanity, Profit is Sanity
Revenue is Vanity, Profit is Sanity Pierremontquaker03
  • Score: 2

3:44pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Darlo1972 says...

According to the BBC report this con artist has already served 6 months on remand which counts as double if I remember correctly?
So with good behaviour she could be out in a matter of weeks?
According to the BBC report this con artist has already served 6 months on remand which counts as double if I remember correctly? So with good behaviour she could be out in a matter of weeks? Darlo1972
  • Score: 6

4:51pm Fri 3 Jan 14

stevegg says...

So effectively shes got away with it. Im sure she will have no assets once proceeds of crime investigators have finished, these sort of people never have, either all spent on a life of luxury or squirelled away under other peoples names. 2 years means one in reality, no wonder she was crying - tears of joy, and the victims get nothing.
So effectively shes got away with it. Im sure she will have no assets once proceeds of crime investigators have finished, these sort of people never have, either all spent on a life of luxury or squirelled away under other peoples names. 2 years means one in reality, no wonder she was crying - tears of joy, and the victims get nothing. stevegg
  • Score: 6

5:49pm Fri 3 Jan 14

greenfinger says...

yeah but some people will want paying when she gets out. you lot seem to think that the prison sentence stops thugs punching her senseless until they've recovered their money. prison could be the safest place for her.
yeah but some people will want paying when she gets out. you lot seem to think that the prison sentence stops thugs punching her senseless until they've recovered their money. prison could be the safest place for her. greenfinger
  • Score: 6

5:52pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Robert_ says...

Darlo1972 wrote:
According to the BBC report this con artist has already served 6 months on remand which counts as double if I remember correctly?
So with good behaviour she could be out in a matter of weeks?
Not correct, but even so she will probably be out in 3 months. No sentence really for the misery caused.
[quote][p][bold]Darlo1972[/bold] wrote: According to the BBC report this con artist has already served 6 months on remand which counts as double if I remember correctly? So with good behaviour she could be out in a matter of weeks?[/p][/quote]Not correct, but even so she will probably be out in 3 months. No sentence really for the misery caused. Robert_
  • Score: 7

5:53pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Robert_ says...

Robert_ wrote:
Darlo1972 wrote:
According to the BBC report this con artist has already served 6 months on remand which counts as double if I remember correctly?
So with good behaviour she could be out in a matter of weeks?
Not correct, but even so she will probably be out in 3 months. No sentence really for the misery caused.
6 months even!
[quote][p][bold]Robert_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darlo1972[/bold] wrote: According to the BBC report this con artist has already served 6 months on remand which counts as double if I remember correctly? So with good behaviour she could be out in a matter of weeks?[/p][/quote]Not correct, but even so she will probably be out in 3 months. No sentence really for the misery caused.[/p][/quote]6 months even! Robert_
  • Score: 1

6:41pm Fri 3 Jan 14

S208 says...

Darlo1972 wrote:
According to the BBC report this con artist has already served 6 months on remand which counts as double if I remember correctly?
So with good behaviour she could be out in a matter of weeks?
You remember incorrectly.

You understand though what remand is yes? She's already been detained for a period!

Not every prisoner has their sentence halved, but assuming this woman does. What difference does it make how much of that sentence is done AFTER the trial?

1 month before trial, 11 months after..
6 months before trial, 6 months after..
11 months before trial, 1 month after...

She's still done her year - what's the problem?!?
[quote][p][bold]Darlo1972[/bold] wrote: According to the BBC report this con artist has already served 6 months on remand which counts as double if I remember correctly? So with good behaviour she could be out in a matter of weeks?[/p][/quote]You remember incorrectly. You understand though what remand is yes? She's already been detained for a period! Not every prisoner has their sentence halved, but assuming this woman does. What difference does it make how much of that sentence is done AFTER the trial? 1 month before trial, 11 months after.. 6 months before trial, 6 months after.. 11 months before trial, 1 month after... She's still done her year - what's the problem?!? S208
  • Score: 0

7:48pm Fri 3 Jan 14

CLEVELANDPC says...

onlinereader wrote:
No profit they say..... Pffft. The woman may have been tagged and on a curfew when she was on bail but it didn't stop her from swigging bottles of champagne in the champagne bar....
My god is this true ? I know of someone affected by this woman dropped her right in it over christmas - saying that the bankers quaffed billions and nothing happened to them - a shoplifter gets a heftier sentence ?
[quote][p][bold]onlinereader[/bold] wrote: No profit they say..... Pffft. The woman may have been tagged and on a curfew when she was on bail but it didn't stop her from swigging bottles of champagne in the champagne bar....[/p][/quote]My god is this true ? I know of someone affected by this woman dropped her right in it over christmas - saying that the bankers quaffed billions and nothing happened to them - a shoplifter gets a heftier sentence ? CLEVELANDPC
  • Score: 0

7:50pm Fri 3 Jan 14

CLEVELANDPC says...

Commiserations to everyone who were taken in by her I know many were gifts for children
Commiserations to everyone who were taken in by her I know many were gifts for children CLEVELANDPC
  • Score: 2

8:12pm Fri 3 Jan 14

settheworldonfire says...

CLEVELANDPC wrote:
Commiserations to everyone who were taken in by her I know many were gifts for children
i wish i knew where she stashed the cash....
[quote][p][bold]CLEVELANDPC[/bold] wrote: Commiserations to everyone who were taken in by her I know many were gifts for children[/p][/quote]i wish i knew where she stashed the cash.... settheworldonfire
  • Score: 2

8:23pm Fri 3 Jan 14

CLEVELANDPC says...

settheworldonfire wrote:
CLEVELANDPC wrote:
Commiserations to everyone who were taken in by her I know many were gifts for children
i wish i knew where she stashed the cash....
That's a lot of money to go walkies . I find it hard to believe that she's lost the lot. That said I don't know what was going on with her supplier I smell a rat no one would go to high street and buy one to sell it on for more ? Surely giving money back would of been safest option? to that end I think there's a lie or two being told by the defence.
[quote][p][bold]settheworldonfire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CLEVELANDPC[/bold] wrote: Commiserations to everyone who were taken in by her I know many were gifts for children[/p][/quote]i wish i knew where she stashed the cash....[/p][/quote]That's a lot of money to go walkies . I find it hard to believe that she's lost the lot. That said I don't know what was going on with her supplier I smell a rat no one would go to high street and buy one to sell it on for more ? Surely giving money back would of been safest option? to that end I think there's a lie or two being told by the defence. CLEVELANDPC
  • Score: 6

8:25pm Fri 3 Jan 14

CLEVELANDPC says...

CLEVELANDPC wrote:
settheworldonfire wrote:
CLEVELANDPC wrote:
Commiserations to everyone who were taken in by her I know many were gifts for children
i wish i knew where she stashed the cash....
That's a lot of money to go walkies . I find it hard to believe that she's lost the lot. That said I don't know what was going on with her supplier I smell a rat no one would go to high street and buy one to sell it on for more ? Surely giving money back would of been safest option? to that end I think there's a lie or two being told by the defence.
Sell it on for less that should say
[quote][p][bold]CLEVELANDPC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]settheworldonfire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CLEVELANDPC[/bold] wrote: Commiserations to everyone who were taken in by her I know many were gifts for children[/p][/quote]i wish i knew where she stashed the cash....[/p][/quote]That's a lot of money to go walkies . I find it hard to believe that she's lost the lot. That said I don't know what was going on with her supplier I smell a rat no one would go to high street and buy one to sell it on for more ? Surely giving money back would of been safest option? to that end I think there's a lie or two being told by the defence.[/p][/quote]Sell it on for less that should say CLEVELANDPC
  • Score: 2

9:14pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Steve (sly) Lynas says...

If a person is on remand when it goes to court for sentencing the time spent inside is taken into account and so comes off the total sentence.
In this case that did not happen.
She voluntarily spent 6 months inside for her own protection and then was released on tag. It is only her time on Tag that is being taken into consideration.
I have the email from the police being a witness.
If a person is on remand when it goes to court for sentencing the time spent inside is taken into account and so comes off the total sentence. In this case that did not happen. She voluntarily spent 6 months inside for her own protection and then was released on tag. It is only her time on Tag that is being taken into consideration. I have the email from the police being a witness. Steve (sly) Lynas
  • Score: 3

11:24am Sat 4 Jan 14

Bilb0Baggins says...

Kirsty Cox cares not a jot about what has happened. Neither did she care about the threats her parents and close family had to endure when it all kicked off. She cares about only one thing, herself.
Funny she wasn't weeping before she went into court yesterday. In fact you'd think she didn't have a care in the world.
This was an attempt to start a Ponzi scheme that went wrong.
While she did rip people off, she found the Holy grail in something everyone wanted, but didn't want to pay full price for. Where some of the people came unstuck was they were adding about £50 on to what they were getting them for from her before passing it on to their friends and when it went belly up ended up owing more than they would have if they had just passed them on at the price they got them from her.
All in all no-one comes out of this smelling of roses.
But where she deserves everything she gets, is when she carried on trying to get people to buy them off her towards the end of the year when she blatantly knew there were none available.
Kirsty Cox cares not a jot about what has happened. Neither did she care about the threats her parents and close family had to endure when it all kicked off. She cares about only one thing, herself. Funny she wasn't weeping before she went into court yesterday. In fact you'd think she didn't have a care in the world. This was an attempt to start a Ponzi scheme that went wrong. While she did rip people off, she found the Holy grail in something everyone wanted, but didn't want to pay full price for. Where some of the people came unstuck was they were adding about £50 on to what they were getting them for from her before passing it on to their friends and when it went belly up ended up owing more than they would have if they had just passed them on at the price they got them from her. All in all no-one comes out of this smelling of roses. But where she deserves everything she gets, is when she carried on trying to get people to buy them off her towards the end of the year when she blatantly knew there were none available. Bilb0Baggins
  • Score: 10

12:22pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Robert_ says...

Steve (sly) Lynas wrote:
If a person is on remand when it goes to court for sentencing the time spent inside is taken into account and so comes off the total sentence.
In this case that did not happen.
She voluntarily spent 6 months inside for her own protection and then was released on tag. It is only her time on Tag that is being taken into consideration.
I have the email from the police being a witness.
In which case as far as tagged bail is concerned (or tagged on remand) every day on tag counts as half a day in custody (rounded down) which can be taken from the overall sentence
[quote][p][bold]Steve (sly) Lynas[/bold] wrote: If a person is on remand when it goes to court for sentencing the time spent inside is taken into account and so comes off the total sentence. In this case that did not happen. She voluntarily spent 6 months inside for her own protection and then was released on tag. It is only her time on Tag that is being taken into consideration. I have the email from the police being a witness.[/p][/quote]In which case as far as tagged bail is concerned (or tagged on remand) every day on tag counts as half a day in custody (rounded down) which can be taken from the overall sentence Robert_
  • Score: 3

2:19pm Sat 4 Jan 14

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

She should be totally asset stripped and left penniless and destitute. After serving ALL of her sentence of course. Why should anyone give a monkeys about the welfare of scum like this?. Leave her completely ruined I say!
She should be totally asset stripped and left penniless and destitute. After serving ALL of her sentence of course. Why should anyone give a monkeys about the welfare of scum like this?. Leave her completely ruined I say! thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth
  • Score: 9

5:14pm Sat 4 Jan 14

ESnowden4EVA says...

greenfinger wrote:
yeah but some people will want paying when she gets out. you lot seem to think that the prison sentence stops thugs punching her senseless until they've recovered their money. prison could be the safest place for her.
She's the thug. Thank goodness it doesn't stop the rightfully enraged punching her deservedly senseless.

2 years, what a typical joke of a British sentence.

10 years would be more fitting of the crime.
[quote][p][bold]greenfinger[/bold] wrote: yeah but some people will want paying when she gets out. you lot seem to think that the prison sentence stops thugs punching her senseless until they've recovered their money. prison could be the safest place for her.[/p][/quote]She's the thug. Thank goodness it doesn't stop the rightfully enraged punching her deservedly senseless. 2 years, what a typical joke of a British sentence. 10 years would be more fitting of the crime. ESnowden4EVA
  • Score: 4

6:32pm Sat 4 Jan 14

spragger says...

There goes another leg of the NE black economy

Next we will hear she lived off the taxpayer as well
We know how to keep 'em
There goes another leg of the NE black economy Next we will hear she lived off the taxpayer as well We know how to keep 'em spragger
  • Score: 4

7:38pm Sat 4 Jan 14

theWorkerScum says...

gavshaw62 wrote:
2 years she has got off lightly if it had been a bank or post office she would have been looking at 10 years plus
Not sure who was more naive, her or her customers.

So customers obviously paid cash to a person who didn't have a limited company when Ipads are pretty much a standard price. Common sense would tell you that they either stolen which i assume they thought or its a con.

Sounds like everyone got served a bit of justice for once.
[quote][p][bold]gavshaw62[/bold] wrote: 2 years she has got off lightly if it had been a bank or post office she would have been looking at 10 years plus[/p][/quote]Not sure who was more naive, her or her customers. So customers obviously paid cash to a person who didn't have a limited company when Ipads are pretty much a standard price. Common sense would tell you that they either stolen which i assume they thought or its a con. Sounds like everyone got served a bit of justice for once. theWorkerScum
  • Score: 15

12:21pm Sun 5 Jan 14

maur1 says...

she will come out and start another compant
she will come out and start another compant maur1
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Sun 5 Jan 14

S208 says...

maur1 wrote:
she will come out and start another compant
Ha, I see in the "You May Like" links in the middle of this article:

"REVEALED: How people are paying LESS THAN £30 for New iPads"

Reading that first might've saved her some porridge.
[quote][p][bold]maur1[/bold] wrote: she will come out and start another compant[/p][/quote]Ha, I see in the "You May Like" links in the middle of this article: "REVEALED: How people are paying LESS THAN £30 for New iPads" Reading that first might've saved her some porridge. S208
  • Score: 2

3:51pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Bilb0Baggins says...

Quote:
Kirsty Cox was sentenced as follows:

• 2 years imprisonment with 113 days spent on bail with electronically monitored curfew to count towards sentence (Actual time spent on tagged bail 225 days)

This matter will now be considered under the Proceeds of Crime Act as to whether there will be any monies available to victims of the crime. (This will be those who were willing to come forward as witnesses/make statements). This can sometimes be a lengthy procedure but any monies forthcoming will be communicated in due course. A contact from the Police will likely be in touch with those involved after a hearing which is likely to take place during week commencing 10th February, 2014.

Unquote.
Quote: Kirsty Cox was sentenced as follows: • 2 years imprisonment with 113 days spent on bail with electronically monitored curfew to count towards sentence (Actual time spent on tagged bail 225 days) This matter will now be considered under the Proceeds of Crime Act as to whether there will be any monies available to victims of the crime. (This will be those who were willing to come forward as witnesses/make statements). This can sometimes be a lengthy procedure but any monies forthcoming will be communicated in due course. A contact from the Police will likely be in touch with those involved after a hearing which is likely to take place during week commencing 10th February, 2014. Unquote. Bilb0Baggins
  • Score: 0

1:29pm Thu 9 Jan 14

cushybutterfield says...

Shocking,....... thieving off working class people, yes the poor VICTIMS will be WEEPING more than her for what she has done. I wonder if the British...... ******TAX AUTHORITIES also chase her, like they are always chasing ***ent hard working people who **pay Tax . Has her *********Passport ********be confiscated ?. Has she paid for her ? coloured Television licence ?......also like the British hardworking Taxpayerhas to pay for. Was she at the same time, 'then or now' ?.... claiming any free workshy State Housing, Welfare and/or Social Security Benefits. Has this been also ******investigated. Has any monies been transferred to other immediate members of her family and/or extended family ?. Has there ? been any Court Compensation Orders been made, Court Order or not I predict the Victims will be lucky if they receive ONE PENNY, thats the pathetic State of the Anti-Victim British legal System. Did she receive Free Legal Aid during her Trial ?, if so, it begs the question ????WHY???.
Shocking,....... thieving off working class people, yes the poor VICTIMS will be WEEPING more than her for what she has done. I wonder if the British...... ******TAX AUTHORITIES also chase her, like they are always chasing ***ent hard working people who **pay Tax . Has her *********Passport ********be confiscated ?. Has she paid for her ? coloured Television licence ?......also like the British hardworking Taxpayerhas to pay for. Was she at the same time, 'then or now' ?.... claiming any free workshy State Housing, Welfare and/or Social Security Benefits. Has this been also ******investigated. Has any monies been transferred to other immediate members of her family and/or extended family ?. Has there ? been any Court Compensation Orders been made, Court Order or not I predict the Victims will be lucky if they receive ONE PENNY, thats the pathetic State of the Anti-Victim British legal System. Did she receive Free Legal Aid during her Trial ?, if so, it begs the question ????WHY???. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 1

5:04pm Thu 23 Jan 14

gdf007 says...

we shall see how much she actually does as the remand time and tag time seem to differ dependant on who posts on here! one thing is for certain tho unless she has put on 5 stone and grown 6 inches, that isn't kirsty in the picture, I had many dealings with her and that picture looks nothing like her!
we shall see how much she actually does as the remand time and tag time seem to differ dependant on who posts on here! one thing is for certain tho unless she has put on 5 stone and grown 6 inches, that isn't kirsty in the picture, I had many dealings with her and that picture looks nothing like her! gdf007
  • Score: 0

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