New York police arrested two men for allegedly selling counterfeit Super Bowl tickets.
On January 28, 2014, NY police officers arrested Damon Daniels and Eugene Fladger for allegedly selling counterfeit Super Bowl XLVIII tickets in New York. Authorities said that the suspects also allegedly sold fake tickets for a number of other high-profile football events, including the AFC divisional round playoff game in Foxborough, MA, the NFC Wild Card game in Philadelphia, PA, the NFL Commissioner’s Party at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, the NFL Honors Party at Radio City Music Hall, and parking passes for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.
Under New Jersey law, selling fake tickets is usually governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:21-32, the New Jersey Trademark Counterfeiting Act. As set forth by that statute, it is a crime to sell a counterfeit item with the intent to deceive or defraud another person. This is an indictable offense in New Jersey. Depending on the number of tickets seized, the offense is classified as either a second, third, or fourth degree crime. In this case, it is unclear how many allegedly counterfeit tickets were seized from the suspects.
How Can I Spot a Fake Super Bowl Ticket?
The NFL suggests that anyone buying Super Bowl tickets exercise extreme caution, including:
» Do not buy tickets from anyone selling tickets on the street or in front of the venue. Since ticket scalpers are typically unregulated and unlicensed, you are vulnerable to fraud.
» Always use a credit card or other secure form of payment. If you order tickets online, make sure the site offers a fully secure ordering process and utilizes technology to protect your personal information.
» Verify the location of the seats on a seating chart to avoid being misled into purchasing obstructed view seats.
For additional information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Super Bowl 2014: 2 Charged with Selling Counterfeit Super Bowl Tickets.”
If you’ve been charged with a crime in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Alissa D. Hascup for a free consultation about your case.