Two Georgia men are among 13 people accused of trafficking counterfeit tickets to the Super Bowl and other events.
US Attorney William McSwain announced the allegations at a press conference before the Super Bowl on Thursday, saying that Eugene Smith and Eric Ferguson, among others, conspired to sell fake tickets to Super Bowl games, including the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. Houston in 2017
Smith, 45, of Lithonia, allegedly bought real tickets for events and gave them to Ferguson, 50, and Riverdale, to duplicate them. The indictment alleges that the couple conspired to sell tickets to sporting events, including the last two Super Bowls between December 2016 and April 2018. They were distributed to a network of people who would publicize and sell the tickets to unsuspecting fans, a statement on the the accusations said.
The couple was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit goods. Smith has pleaded guilty to all charges and expects to be sentenced. Ferguson pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. It is scheduled to begin on February 11.
In addition, another person accused in a related case was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in Duluth. Damon Daniels was a pbadenger in a car with an expired tag that was stopped on Pleasant Hill Road, Channel 2 Action News reported. McSwain said there was printing equipment and cardboard in the car, and he hoped that Daniels intended to print tickets to the Super Bowl. Daniels, 48, of New York, was charged with conspiracy to commit electronic fraud, electronic fraud, conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit goods.
Others were charged in New York and Philadelphia for faking tickets to sporting events and concerts, including the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, the NCAA National Football Championship game in Atlanta and a Phish concert in Philadelphia. .
"It's ongoing," McSwain said of the investigation. "We have not finished by much."