Man held over fake Sevens tickets sales

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 March, 2012, 12:00am


A man has been arrested for deception relating to the online sale of scores of counterfeit Sevens tickets

The expatriate, aged 25, is believed to be a core member of a multinational sports-ticket forgery syndicate, according to an initial police investigation.

The suspect, nabbed yesterday morning in Wan Chai, is believed to have sold more than 100 counterfeit Sevens tickets, police say. His arrest followed another on Saturday morning in Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay. Three men, aged 15 to 35, were arrested for possessing forged documents after officers found one of them was carrying three tickets suspected to be counterfeit.

Police say they believe the trio are not part of the syndicate.

Wan Chai district criminal investigators are handling both cases.

The Sunday Morning Post reported yesterday that police were on the lookout for counterfeit tickets after the Leisure and Cultural Services Department found at least 50 high-quality counterfeits from a sample of 1,000 tickets sold on Friday.

By Saturday night, authorities had seized 340 forged tickets at the turnstiles at the Hong Kong Stadium.

More might have been found yesterday, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

The forged tickets were bought by fans from overseas websites.

An Irishman told the Post he paid HK$1,500 for a single-day ticket on eBay, but it proved to be a fake.