With the 2016 baseball season about to begin in Chicago, the FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in locating five individuals who were recently charged with running a counterfeit ticket scheme in the Chicago area.
FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation shared on its Facebook page: " The FBI and Chicago Police Department are seeking the public's assistance to locate five individuals charged with running a counterfeit ticket scheme in the Chicago area. The group allegedly printed and sold counterfeit tickets for Bulls, Bears, and Blackhawks games, as well as events like WWE and Disney on Ice.
Anyone recognizing or having any information about any of these individuals’ whereabouts is asked to call the Chicago FBI at (312) 421-6700 or the nearest law enforcement agency."
Sixteen individuals were charged in February by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as part of a wide-ranging counterfeit ticket scheme for games, events, and concerts at Chicago’s Soldier Field, United Center, and the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
The group allegedly carried out the scheme by making and printing counterfeit tickets for major games and events, including Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks games; WWE Extreme Wrestling; and Disney on Ice. The defendants are alleged to have then advertised the tickets online. The sales were then completed by meeting with the victims to exchange the tickets for cash.
The search for the subjects is being coordinated by Chicago FBI and the Chicago Police Department.