Three Arrested in Wizard Tickets Scam

Police charged three New York City men in connection with selling fake tickets to Washington Wizards games on Thursday, May 8.

A 25-year-old Fairfax man called police after he noticed the tickets that purchased for $650. via a Craig’s List ad had typos on them.

Police received another report on the same day, from a man who responded to an ad and purchased two tickets for $350. After taking a close look at the tickets when he got home, the man noticed illegible writing in red letters. The man contacted Ticketmaster and after some discussion, he determined they were fake tickets.

Police set up a meeting with the suspects, met up with the men in a parking lot under the guise of purchasing tickets and charged three men, Keith S. Neal, 21, William Powell, 23, and Jose Lopez, 21 with obtaining money by false pretenses and uttering a forged document.

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All fake tickets were for the Friday, May 9 Wizards game. If anyone purchased tickets from outside official sources, they should closely inspect the tickets. If there are doubts, contact 202-661-5050 for more information and to ensure tickets are valid. There may be additional victims that do not realize tickets are fake. The Washington Wizards issued a fraud alert for 2014 playoff tickets on May 2, 2014.

Police urge caution when buying and selling merchandise online. Once funds have been exchanged, there is little police can do to recover spent monies.

Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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