NEW YORK—Two men have been charged with the production and distribution of fake Super Bowl tickets that were sold to people nationwide over the Internet, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Tuesday.
The counterfeit tickets, allegedly produced and distributed by Damon Daniels, 43, and Eugene Fladger, 32, include this Sunday’s Super Bowl Championship in the Meadowlands, tickets to the NFL Commissioner’s Party at the Waldolf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, and the star-studded NFL Honors, as well as highly sought-after parking passes near the MetLife Stadium.
The investigation started in December 2013, said Brown. After several encounters with Daniels and Fladger, where officers went under-cover to buy tickets from them and followed them, it is reported that police found evidence of production of the tickets in Daniels’ girlfriend, Tesha Sewell’s apartment at 35 166th Place in Queens on Monday.
According to the charges, the police found a computer, a printer, a package of photo-grade paper, two tickets to the Super Bowl printed on the same photo-grade paper, and a bag of half ripped, incomplete, first draft tickets which appeared to be printed on normal stock.
Daniels allegedly produced the tickets at Kinkos on 78 Street in Manhattan.
Although the forged tickets allegedly bore the official NFL logo and the bar codes had been duplicated from computer date in order to fool stadium scanners, the printing on the tickets was washed out with misprints on the back and security features missing.
Brown said, “Individuals who bought tickets or passes through the Internet may be in for a rude awakening on game day.”
If convicted, Daniels and Fladger face seven years in prison.