August 2019

Sextortion blackmailer tried to set up paedophile network behind bars

A sex offender has been given an extended seven-year sentence after he admitted trying to form a paedophile ring within Scotland’s prison system.

Reece Scobie, 25, was jailed for two years at Perth Sheriff Court yesterday and had a further five-year period of close monitoring put in place to safeguard the public when he is released from custody.

Sheriff William Wood said: “You have caused a great deal of concern in relation to your conduct and your offending of a sexual nature.

“There are real concerns you pose a significant risk to the public when you are at liberty. You regard the law as no more than an inconvenience and something you can flout with impunity.”

Scobie was caught trying to set up a network of the country’s worst paedophiles by writing to them in jail.

He promised to help Sean McCuaig carry out his criminal fantasy. He also offered to help fellow paedophile Glen Wilson commit crimes.

Scobie boasted about having unlawful material and said he would conspire with them in future crimes. Yesterday he admitted breaking the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order between July 27 2017 and November 7 2018 by having mobile phones and credit cards.

He also admitted on two occasions between September 21 2017 and February 24 2018, at Perth Prison, he tried to conspire with Wilson and McCuaig to commit or assist in committing sexual offences.

He admitted writing to both, informing them he had unlawful content, and offering to help McCuaig carry out sexual fantasies he knew to be unlawful in nature

In 2016, Scobie was convicted of possessing and distributing 4,750 illicit snaps and 345 vile videos. Later in 2016, he was jailed after he pretended to be a policeman to get the phone numbers of young stars in the West End play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Scobie dressed in full police gear, including body armour and handcuffs

In 2013 aged just 19 he was jailed for 16 months for swindling travel agents out of £70,000 to fund his jetsetting lifestyle.

McCuaig, 23, was jailed for three years in April last year as police said they believed he planned to kidnap, rape and kill a child.

Wilson, 20, was jailed for three and a half years in 2017 after grooming girls online, then threatening to expose them to family and friends.

July 2019

Sextortion blackmailer tried to set up paedophile network behind bars

A sextortion blackmailer tried to set up a paedophile network behind bars by promising to help a notorious sex offender carry out his sick child rape and murder fantasy.

Reece Scobie wrote to vile fantasist Sean McCuaig and fellow paedophile Glen Wilson in a bid to enlist them into a jail-based paedophile ring.

Scobie targeted the other high-profile inmates after reading about their horrific crimes in newspapers and offered to help them commit further sexual offences.

Convicted paedophile Scobie, 25, boasted about having unlawful material to share with them and said he would conspire with them in future child sex crimes.

Scobie – who was subject to a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) – approached disgraced university student Wilson and McCuaig to offer his sickening services.

Perth Sheriff Court was told that Scobie, an inmate at Perth Prison, also broke the terms of his SOPO by secretly owning several phones and credit cards.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told the court: “Glen Wilson is a sex offender who was convicted of coercing children into engaging in sexual activity.

“Details of his conviction were published in the press, including the information that he had shared the material online with other sex offenders.

“A letter was delivered to Glen Wilson at Polmont YOI. Prison staff opened it and handed it over to him.

“He read it and said ‘I don’t want anything to do with it’.

“The prison officer read the content. The accused mentioned that he was serving time in Perth for a similar offence. He was trying to befriend him and offer assistance.”

Scobie wrote: “I have a ton of links, accounts, if you know what I mean?”

He ended the letter with a winking face image.

Miss Robertson said: “Sean McCuaig is also a registered sex offender and serving prisoner. He is serving a sentence related to child pornography and communicating with children.

“A letter from the accused was handed to him. Mr McCuaig stated he did not want the letter. Again the accused was trying to befriend him.”

Scobie wrote: “I read the article about your fantasy. If you were up for doing something like that I could help. I have got access.”

McCuaig, 23, was jailed for three years in April last year as police said they believed he planned to kidnap, rape and kill a child.

Wilson, 20, was jailed for three and a half years in 2017 after grooming girls online, then threatening to expose them to family and friends.

Scobie, of Flower of Monorgon Close, Inchture, admitted breaking the terms of a SOPO between July 27 2017 and November 7 last year by having multiple mobile phones and credit cards.

He also admitted that on two occasions between September 21 2017 and February 24 last year, at Perth Prison, he tried to conspire with Wilson and McCuaig to commit, or assist in committing, sexual offences.

He admitted writing to both, identifying himself as a sex offender, informing them he had unlawful content which he could share and offering to help McCuaig carry out his sexual fantasies which he knew to be unlawful in nature.

Sheriff William Wood deferred sentence on Scobie for the preparation of social work reports.

Scobie is serving three years, with a further two-year extended sentence, for blackmailing three victims by threatening to publish naked pictures of them on social media sites after meeting them on the gay dating site Grindr.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis heard Scobie was a “borderline genius”.

He was already on the sex offenders register when he lured his victims – including a 15-year-old boy – into sending pictures of their genitals to him.

When they tried to break off contact with Scobie, he threatened to hack Google and Facebook to find all the images of their faces which were present online.

Scobie was initially put on the sex offenders register after Police Scotland took a rare civil action based on a conviction outside the UK.

Scobie, who has used stolen credit card details to travel the world, was jailed in Iceland after being found with child abuse images and videos on his latest illicit trip to Seattle in the US.

As well as being sent to prison for 12 months, he was also ordered to pay the equivalent of £18,000 in court costs after admitting the frauds, as well as having a large haul of images.

In 2013, Scobie was locked up for 16 months after he admitted carrying out a massive con to fund his “fantasy” globetrotting lifestyle.

Scobie booked as many as 30 hotel rooms and at least five luxury holidays across the world – in places such as Dubai, Auckland, Atlanta, New York and Vancouver – each costing between £5,000 and £10,000.

November 2016

Pervert impersonated a police officer to get details of Cursed Child actors

A babyfaced sex offender, who pretended to be a policeman to get the phone numbers of stars in the West End play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, has been jailed.

Reece Scobie, 23, was dressed in full police gear, including body armour and handcuffs, when he gained backstage access at the Palace Theatre in Soho, central London.

He went in and asked performers for their details, including phone numbers and email addresses, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told.

But shortly after, doubts were raised about his identity and he was arrested at the nearby Z Hotel, which he had booked for a two-week stay. 

He admitted impersonating a police officer and wearing a police uniform with intent to deceive in court yesterday.

Darren Watts, prosecuting, said: ‘It is accepted the (hotel) booking was for two weeks.

‘The concern is the fact that he quite deliberately and fraudulently posed as a police officer to go to a London play where the two main adult stars were playing children’s parts, in order to gain access to them and this individual is known sexual offender.

‘He attended at the show purporting to be a police officer needing to speak to the two stars.

‘He was then ushered backstage and said that there were individuals who wanted them. He proceeded to request various personal details, including mobile phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses.’

Scobie also breaching sexual offences prevention order requirements by failing to notify police of a change of address and using a bank account not registered with the police to book the hotel and theatre tickets.

Mr Watts added: ‘Using that back account, he has obviously booked these hotel rooms and he also used that bank account to book tickets to the show every night for 14 nights.’

The Scot had been likened to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the hit movie Catch Me If You Can when he was jailed for a global travel con in 2014.

He fleeced travel agents out of more than £70,000 while booking flights around the world, and staying in hotels used by A-list celebrities.

Scobie was jailed for 12 months in Iceland last February for fraud and possessing indecent images of kids.

He was arrested when his New York-bound flight, paid for with a fake credit card, touched down to refuel in Rekjavik.

Scobie had admitted fraud charges as well as possessing and distributing 4,750 photographs and 345 videos of child porn at the District Court of Reykjanes.

Scobie, from Inchture, Perth, admitted impersonating a police officer, wearing a police uniform with intent to deceive and two counts of breaching the notification requirements of the sex offenders register.

He was jailed for a total of eight months. 

February 2016

Jetsetting Scots swindler jailed for fraud and indecent images of kids

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A SCOTS swindler behind a £70,000 global travel con has been jailed in Iceland for fraud and possessing indecent images of kids.

Reece Scobie, 22, was nicked when his New York-bound flight – which he’d paid for with a fake credit card – touched down to refuel in Rekjavik.

Cops released him but re-arrested him when they discovered he’d used the fake plastic to pay for his hotel and a mobile. 

Yesterday at the District Court of Reykjanes he was banged up for a year and ordered to pay 3.3million Icelandic Krona – £18,000 – in court costs.

The crook, from Perth – once compared to Catch Me If You Can fraudster Frank Abagnale – admitted repeated fraud violations and possessing and distributing 4,750 illicit snaps and 345 vile videos.

Scobie, who also had his computer equipment confiscated, will serve out the remainder of his sentence in the UK.

In 2013 aged just 19 he was jailed for 16 months for swindling travel agents out of £70,000 to fund his jetsetting lifestyle.

He booked business class flights and hotels around the world and used so many bogus names he couldn’t remember them all.

Scobie – who claims he suffers from Aspergers Syndrome – was in Los Angeles when his scam was rumbled and admitted the fraud between July 2011 and January 2012.

At Perth Sheriff Court his solicitor compared him to notorious US fraudster Frank Abagnale, whose life story was made into hit film Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo Di Caprio.

Jim Laverty said: “People jot down their dream journeys on paper but, unfortunately, Scobie had the wherewhithal to book those in the real world.”

Scobie also scammed at least five luxury holidays each costing between £5,000 and £10,000 while living with his mother.

And he even managed to dupe court staff into handing him back his passport, which had been confiscated as a condition of bail.

After working for Thomson Travel for just two months, he continued to use the company’s passwords to book flights and hotels after he’d left – conning them out of £11,200.

And while in a British Airways lounge, he discovered that the previous computer user who worked for Cambridge Business Travel had not properly logged off.

He scanned their emails and was able to gain access to the company’s booking system – using it to book nearly £60,000 of flights to LA, New York, Atlanta and Abu Dhabi and Singapore.