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Two Men Arrested for Selling Fake Taylor Swift Concert Tickets; Investigation Continues

9/29/2015


September 29, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
          
          
The Metro Police Department’s Fraud Unit is investigating at least 15 suspected cases of counterfeit ticket sales to Taylor Swift’s two sold out shows Friday and Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.
          
Central Precinct and Fraud Unit detectives so far have arrested two men accused of peddling bogus tickets to unsuspecting Taylor Swift fans.  
          
On Thursday, Central Precinct detectives arrested Kenny Ramirez, 18, of Bronx, New York, after he allegedly sold fake tickets to a man and woman.  The couple responded to an ad on Craigslist and agreed to meet Ramirez on Wednesday downtown at Broadway and 7th Avenue.  They purchased four tickets for $520 to the concert.  When they returned home and checked online, they discovered the tickets were fraudulent.  They contacted police and worked with detectives to again meet Ramirez in order to purchase more tickets.  He was taken into custody after selling the victims four additional bogus tickets.
          
Ramirez is charged with theft of property and attempted criminal simulation.  He is being held in lieu of $40,000 bond.  He will appear in General Sessions Court on Thursday, October 1.
          
On Friday a relative of one of these victims saw the same tickets again for sale on Craigslist and contacted the seller.  Fraud Unit detectives were called.  During an investigation, Amado Guzman, 21, of Bronx, New York, was taken into custody after he sold four tickets for $225 each to an undercover Fraud detective.  
          
Guzman is charged with one count of criminal simulation and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.  He will appear in General Sessions Court on Friday.
          
Buyers of tickets from unofficial sources are strongly cautioned that they do so at their own risk.  Persons who do purchase tickets from a secondary source are encouraged to:

•    Buy tickets from family/friends that you know, or someone family/friends vouch for;
•    If buying a ticket from an individual in front of or nearby the venue, ask the seller to accompany you to the gate to ensure that the ticket is valid;
•    Ask the seller for photo identification and make a note of his/her name & date of birth;
•    Deal with a reputable secondary market company that guarantees tickets they sell.
          
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Mugshot of Kenny Ramirez, 18

Kenny Ramirez, 18

Mugshot of Amado Guzman, 21

Amado Guzman, 21