Oct 13, 2009 11:53 AM by sleonard

Police arrest 4 in counterfeit ticket case

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU Police have arrested four people from Atlanta and booked them with the selling of counterfeit tickets to the Tigers' football game against the University of Florida.
Detective Jason Bettencourtt said several people filed reports Saturday that tickets they had purchased from people on campus would not scan when they tried to get into the stadium.
Bettencourtt said the ticket buyers described the people who sold them the tickets and officers began looking for the people selling the tickets in several areas throughout campus.
All of the suspects arrested in connection with the alleged counterfeit ticket sales were from the Atlanta area, but it is not clear if all or some of the suspects were working together, he said.
"(They were) all older males not affiliated with LSU," Bettencourtt said.
The people arrested and booked with theft by fraud were Stevie Dixon, 49; Lorenzo York, 29; Jamall Lanes, 28; and Demonta Holloway, 29.
Bettencourtt said they are still looking for the source of the fake tickets that were good enough to fool people.
Someone who knew what to look for in the tickets, however, could tell that these tickets were fake. But it wouldn't be immediately obvious to a fan, he said.
"They look real enough to pass," he said.
There were a few differences in security marks such as holograms and watermarks, he said.
The fake tickets were sold for anywhere between $50 and $100, he said.


--- Information from: The Advocate,
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