He tried to cash in on Sam Hui's comeback concerts An online scalper who inflated ticket prices for sold-out concerts of the 'Godfather of Canto-pop' was fined $3,000 yesterday after he pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of attempted fraud. Magistrate Amanda Jane Woodcock, in Kwun Tong Court, decided not to give Heyward Lo Wai-yip, 37, a community service order after a report showed that he was too overweight. Lo was arrested in May as part of a police operation to crack down on online scalpers who sold overpriced tickets to Sam Hui Koon-kit's comeback concerts in June. Tickets to the singer's shows were sold out soon after they went on sale because of the popularity of the Canto-pop legend. Ten people were arrested in the police operation. Lo was one of two people who were charged and the other person is expected to appear in court later this month. The court had heard that Lo was able to boost the price of the concert tickets on an auction website by pretending to be a bidder in his own auction. Lo had registered two user names with auction site Go2HK.com from his home and work computer. He used one user-name as the person selling the tickets and the other as a bidder. The price for two concert tickets went from $900 to $1,600 in seven days. Lo, who was a project manager of a production company, was fired from his job after his arrest. In mitigation yesterday, his defence lawyer told the court that Lo had since found some part-time work that paid $13,000 a month, but this was still short of his previous $25,000 monthly wage. After the first online scalpers operation in May, the police began an investigation into internet transactions of tickets for the exhibition shows this month of visiting Chinese Olympic gold medallists. Prices for those tickets went from the original $10 to a few hundred dollars. Police had previously warned that ticket scalping over the internet was considered a more serious crime than scalping outside an entertainment venue, which usually carried a maximum fine of $2,000.