Since Pittsburgh is such a prominent sports town, there are always people trying to secure tickets to the various events. In some cases, ticket sellers will be accused of trying to take advantage of that enthusiasm by selling fraudulent tickets. While this is an act that cuts right to the heart of a sports fan and offends their sensibilities in multiple ways, that does not mean that the person who is facing these allegations is guilty and does not deserve to have a strong criminal defense for what is essentially a white collar crime. People arrested on these charges must remember their rights.
A man who was seeking tickets for the recent National Football League matchup between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh tried to purchase them through an ad on Craigslist. When the man met the seller of the tickets, a 27-year-old man from New York, he thought the labeling on the tickets appeared suspicious after buying them. He contacted the stadium to check on the legitimacy of the tickets and was informed that the bar code was not accurate and the tickets were not real. He called law enforcement. The man who sold the tickets was arrested. He faces numerous charges including theft by deception, counterfeiting, and forgery.
With any criminal charge, one of the key factors to the outcome is a strong defense. Everyone who is arrested must bear in mind the long-term consequences and potential penalties they will face in the event they are convicted. There might be a reasonable explanation for the charges, especially if they are of the white collar crime variety. Perhaps the person received the items from someone else and believed they were real. It could have been a misunderstanding. No matter the issues at hand, having legal assistance is imperative.
In this case, a man who was trying to buy football tickets for one of the season's most important games was sold counterfeit tickets. He notified police and the man he purchased them from was placed under arrest. With the circumstances of this case, the man who is accused of selling the fraudulent tickets must protect himself against these charges and discuss the case with an attorney as soon as possible.
Source: Pittsburgh.cbslocal.com, "New York Man Arrested For Selling Counterfeit Steelers Tickets," Dec. 15, 2017