Counterfeit Super Bowl ticket scam cracked, police say
The NYPD busted two men Monday on charges they were selling counterfeit Super Bowl tickets of such high quality that the fakes could have fooled the electronic scanners at the gates of MetLife Stadium, authorities said.
Arrested on charges of forgery, trademark counterfeiting and related offenses were Damon Daniels, 43, of the Bronx and Queens, as well as Eugene Fladger, 32, of Philadelphia, said NYPD Lt. Christopher Fasano of the department's organized crime unit.
Daniels and Fladger were nabbed in a monthlong undercover probe that began after police were tipped off by investigators for the NFL, Fasano said. New York cops made a number of purchases in recent weeks of fake tickets sold by the duo for recent NFL playoff games, investigators said.
As part of the arrests, police seized 36 fake Super Bowl tickets and eight bogus stadium parking passes, along with a total of 20 counterfeit tickets for private parties being held this week, Fasano said.
While the Super Bowl tickets were of very good quality and bore bar codes that would have fooled the stadium scanners, the printing, allegedly done at a Kinkos store, was washed out and had misprints, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Both Fladger and Daniels appeared in criminal court late Tuesday where a judge set bail of $20,000 for Fladger and $10,000 for Daniel, said a spokeswoman for Brown.