UnNews:Seven Dwarfs accused of £4,369,083 iTunes scam
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21 August 2010
LONDON, England -- Seven Dwarfs or midgets are to face court accused of using cloned credit cards to buy their own song on iTunes, police said.
The seven formed a band named, “The Seven Dwarfs” and recorded music of their own composition. The group is alleged to have created one song and uploaded it to be sold on the iTunes and Amazon online sites.
They are alleged to have used cloned credit cards - created from the DNA of real credit cards - to buy copies of their own song worth £4,369,083 and cream off the record royalties. This resulted in the song going Platinum in UK.
Raids took place in London, South Shields and Kent. Members of The Seven Dwarfs are due at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 15 September.
The suspects were questioned by members of Scotland Yard's iCrime unit after the raids.
New Musical Express assistance
The move followed a joint investigation with the New Musical Express music magazine, which keeps track of the music hit parade. The Magazine tipped off the authorities, which led to the arrests of the Dwarfs on the charge of Payola.
Seven dwarfs will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with conspiracy to defraud.
All are currently on bail. "the boys have done nothing wrong." A spokesperson for the band said, "It's not payola. Anyone can buy their own song. And where is the law against cloning credit cards? They're innocent."
The alleged ring leader, a female, is still at large.