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eBay holiday con woman faces jail
Flood sold holidays on eBay that never materialised
A mother who scammed nearly 42,000 from would-be holidaymakers through the internet auction site eBay has been told she could be sent to jail.

Julie Flood, 45, from Sussex Road, Maidstone, Kent, sold 19 people fake holidays packages, between November 2004 and March 2005, a court heard.

One man was left more than 9,000 out of pocket through the scam, Maidstone Crown Court was told.

Flood, who admitted 27 counts of theft, will be sentenced on 1 August.

Prosecutor Philip St John-Stevens said: "She was running a site on eBay selling holidays... these holidays were never to materialise."

Judge Philip Statman said: "These offences are extremely serious in my judgment and clearly pass the threshold for imprisonment and you are facing a prison sentence.

"A substantial amount of money was taken."

Flood was warned to make childcare arrangements for her 12-year-old daughter ahead of her sentencing.

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