TWO NEW York-based members of a counterfeiting ring have been jailed in prison for trading in fake concert tickets and Super Bowl tickets.
Damon Daniels was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment and three years supervision and Rahiem Watts was got 41 months in prison and three years supervised.
The pair pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods. The fake tickets were sold through various outlets as well as distributed to other sellers nationwide for resale to the public.
The defendants and their associates advertised on websites such as Craigslist. Counterfeit tickets were created for concerts by artistes such as Adele and U2 during 2016 and 2017.
“Watts and Daniels peddled their fake tickets for real profit and burned a lot of innocent people in the process,” says Tara A McMahon, acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division.
“Victims lost not only their money, but their shot to attend some very special events. Know that the FBI will keep cracking down on counterfeiters trying to sell the public a false bill of goods.”