Three arrested for selling fake NFL tickets over festive period

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Three people were arrested after attempting to sell fake tickets for the recent National Football League (NFL) game between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys.

According to reports, Miami-Dade police arrested Michael Castro, Shamarus Polycarpe and Marc Verna ahead of kick-off at Hard Rock Stadium (pictured) on Christmas Eve. 

The reports added that Castro and Polycarpe were charged with 16 counts of organised fraud, 16 counts of grand theft, and one count of unlawful use of a communications device. Verna was charged with five counts of organised fraud, five counts of grand theft and five counts of unlawful use of a communications device. 

An arrest report revealed that Miami-Dade’s Homeland Security and Priority Response teams had caught wind of people selling general admission tickets and suite tickets at Hard Rock Stadium through OfferUp, an online marketplace. 

Members of the team purchased tickets from Verna, before undercover officers went to meet the seller. Verna then introduced the officers to Castro, who walked them to the stadium entrance which was manned by Polycarpe. 

According to the Miami Herald, Castro pretended to scan the fake tickets on his phone, before Polycarpe allowed the officers to enter the stadium. 

Two people added that they sent Verna $500 (£396/€456) for two tickets in Section 245 of the 65,326-capacity stadium, which was well below the market rate for the game. 

The Dolphins went on to win the game 22-20.