3 men arrested for selling fake Wizards tickets

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Craigslist is loaded with tickets for Friday's Wizards game. This week, Fairfax County police say two men paid three young men from New York City a total of $1,000 for six Wizards tickets only to realize they were fake.

"They waited until they got home to really take a good, close look at the tickets, and noticed that they didn't look quite right... Once they both, in these separate cases, realized that they weren't legitimate, they called police," said Lucy Caldwell, Fairfax County Police Spokeswoman.

One of the victims, a 25-year-old man, had paid $650 for four tickets and noticed they had typos on them. The other man paid $350 for two tickets. He noticed illegible writing in red letters. The man contacted Ticketmaster and after some discussion, he determined they were fake tickets.

Police contacted the sellers -- Keith Neal, 21; William Powell, 23; and Jose Lopez, 21 -- and met them in a parking lot under the guise of purchasing tickets, and then charged all three with obtaining money under false pretenses and forgery.

"We don't know how many other people that may be victimized. There may be other people with these tickets. And, unfortunately, if they don't hear about it, they go down, downtown tonight, and won't be able to get in," said Caldwell.

It's buyer beware. Police advice purchasers to make sure the tickets are legitimate before buying them.

"It's hard to feel too sorry them because those things happen," said longtime Wizards fan Michael Richter.

He says he only trusts Stub Hub or someone he knows when buying tickets. Tonight, he'll be at home, where he can actually watch the game.

"I'll be on my couch and watch it on my TV with none of these fair-weather fans around me," said Richter.

Written by Peggy Fox


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