Ticket scalpers arrested
TAMARA KING, QMI Agency
|A pair of Winnipeg Jets tickets is displayed Friday September 30, 2011. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)
Two men have been busted by undercover cops for scalping Jets tickets for sky-high prices.
One of the scalpers wanted $1,500 for a single ticket, police said. The tickets were worth between $80 and $140.
The undercover cops answered two online ads offering NHL hockey tickets on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Both times they met with the seller and ended up buying the tickets for a price above face value.
Technically, selling any ticket for greater than face value is a breach of the provincial Amusements Act, although it's rarely enforced.
The maximum fine is $5,000.
The names of the two men, aged 37 and 50, were not released by police. They've both been released from custody.
At least one of the men was a season ticket holder, police said.
In both cases police informed the team's owner, True North Sports and Entertainment, about the situation. True North confirmed Friday that a number of season ticket accounts have been cancelled for reselling tickets.
True North also announced Friday that 70,000 fans have already registered for its random draws for individual game tickets. Approximately 600 tickets will be available for each Winnipeg Jets home game through the draws.