(John Del Signore) Police have arrested two men accused of selling forged tickets to the Super Bowl and other major sporting events. The suspects, Damon Daniels and Eugene Fladger, were allegedly caught with almost 80 counterfeit tickets to various games, including 36 Super Bowl tickets and tickets to swank private events like the NFL Commissioner’s Party at the Waldolf-Astoria Hotel. The potential value of the fake tickets was approximately $10,000, according to the NYPD.
The investigation began after the NFL’s Security Division informed the NYPD's Organized Crime Investigation Division of an alleged counterfeit football ticket production operation. Undercover investigators homed in on Daniels and Fladger, following them from a December handoff in the Bronx to another meeting in Queens that day. An undercover officer posing as a buyer met Fladger on an Astoria street corner that afternoon and bought eight tickets to game between the Redskins and the Cowboys in Maryland, paying $1,200 cash for eight forged tickets. The NYPD says the tickets had a face value of $175 each, so it would have been a bit of a deal... if the tickets weren't counterfeit.
Photo Credit: Getty Images/John Moore