Two people from Massachusetts, who are part of a suspected group of scammers, were arrested Wednesday night outside Consol Energy Center for selling counterfeit Stanley Cup Final tickets, officials said.
Ron Seeley of Wareham, Massachusetts, and John Green, of Quincey, Massachusetts, were caught with fake tickets and more than $1,300 in cash from sales of fake tickets.
“You could tell they were made on a computer and all of the seats were in the same section,” Deputy Thomas Leheny, of the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, said.
He is trained in detecting counterfeit merchandise and tickets sold at major sporting events.
Leheny says Seeley and Green tried to flee in their vehicle when police arrived but were pulled over on 6th Street and Center Avenue, one block from Consol. Seeley was reportedly tearing up fake tickets as police approached his vehicle.
Ticket prices for the Stanely Cup Finals in Pittsburgh start at around $235 but police say Seeley and Green tried to sell the counterfeit tickets for $200.
“That was a red flag in itself. You’re not going to be able to go to a Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh at less than face value,” Leheny said.
An off-duty sheriff’s deputy got a call from an informant that a group of out-of-town scalpers was selling counterfeit tickets outside the arena, according to Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus. The deputy informed officers at the scene and gave descriptions of the men. The officers were able to locate the group of alleged scalpers and they were taken into custody by Pittsburgh police.
Police seized tickets from the group.
Kraus also said there were multiple reports made to police from people who had bought fake tickets for Wednesday’s game.
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