Gainsborough: Labour candidate and aspiring model jailed for £100,000 festival ticket fraud

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An aspiring model and Labour election candidate in Gainsborough has been jailed for more than two years for a festival ticket fraud involving more than £100,000.

Charmaine Bowers, 23, and a Labour candidate for Gainsborough North in the district council election, together with her mother Tina Bowers, 51, both pleaded guilty at Plymouth Crown Court to six counts of fraud by false representation in connection with the sale of tickets for the Tomorrowland Music Festival held in Belgium.

The court was told she had falsely claimed on a Facebook page she modelled for a men’s magazine and had access to promotional tickets.

Last month Charmaine Bowers was introduced to Labour leader Ed Miliband by the party’s Gainsborough Parliamentary election candidate David Prescott.

Mr Prescott said at the time that Mr Miliband had been ‘very impressed’ by her.

It is believed she has now been suspended by the party.