Man Accused of Selling Fake ‘Hamilton’ Tickets

     MANHATTAN (CN) — A New York City man was indicted Tuesday on charges of selling forged tickets to the award-winning Broadway musical “Hamilton,” which is sold out through next year, prosecutors said.
     Anthony Huger, 32, was charged with 10 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, two counts of misdemeanor larceny, two counts of second-degree criminal impersonation and attempted misdemeanor larceny, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
     He allegedly advertised the “Hamilton” tickets on Craigslist, and sold or attempted to sell forged tickets to ad respondents on three different occasions.
     A husband and wife from Westchester County, N.Y., agreed to meet Huger in January and bought three tickets from him for $450, according to prosecutors. They learned the tickets were forged when they were denied entrance to see “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers Theater.
     A month later, Huger allegedly sold someone two “Hamilton” tickets for $300, but the individual’s wife suspected the tickets were forged and contacted police.
     The wife, working with police, contacted Huger and arranged to buy four more tickets, prosecutors say. Huger was reportedly arrested while trying to sell her the forged tickets.
     Vance said in a statement that his office “will continue to work hand-in-hand with our partners in the NYPD to combat these opportunistic scammers.”
     “Scammers pick the hottest tickets in town in order to trap unwitting victims,” Vance said. “As a Grammy- and Pulitzer-winning musical that is sold out through January 2017, ‘Hamilton’ fits the bill. I urge theatergoers only to purchase tickets through authorized vendors, and to beware of deals that seem too good to be true.”

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