There are many types of sports fans across the country. There are those who only support a team when it is winning, while others are faithful — even fanatical — during years of failure. However, any person would be angry and demand justice if they learned that they had lost money purchasing tickets that turned out the be fake. Unfortunately, one man in Illinois now faces a felony charge after allegedly selling fake Blackhawk tickets over the Internet.
An ad was placed online for the sale of the hockey tickets. One victim responded to the ad and met the seller to complete the purchase. It is unclear how much money was exchanged.
Once the fan attempted to use the tickets, it was discovered that they were fake. Detectives conducted an investigation, which apparently led them to a 29-year-old man. He has since been arrested and is being held on $10,000 bond. He has been charged with forgery, a felony.
It is unclear what led detectives to the suspect or even if the man was aware that the tickets were forgeries. It is possible that he thought he was selling legitimate tickets. In order to prevent a wrongful conviction, prosecutors in Illinois will likely have to prove that he knowingly sold fake tickets. As in all criminal cases, including those resulting in a felony charge, the man is considered not guilty until — and only if — he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This standard is set deliberately high to ensure that the innocent is not punished.
Source: csnchicago.com, Bolingbrook Man Charged With Selling Fake Hawks Tickets, May 16, 2014