Former Ilkeston school teacher jailed for iTunes scam

A FORMER Ilkeston School teacher has been jailed for two years for his part in an iTunes and Amazon scam.

James Batchelor was one of 10 men and one woman who were part of a plot which saw thousands of stolen and cloned credit cards used to buy songs to generate fake royalty payments.

But iTunes noticed something wasn’t right when they realised they were paying royalties to unknown artists “at a rate they expect to pay to someone like Madonna.”

Batchelor, who taught IT at Ilkeston School, wrote songs under the name ReggiMental.

Southwark Crown Court heard that he had provided music for the scam but was not involved in downloading.

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