4 arrested for possession of fake event tickets

4 arrested for possession of fake event tickets

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested four men, aged between 24 and 46 years, for suspected possession of fake event tickets for an event held at Sentosa Island on Dec 13 and 14, 2013.

In the first case, on Dec 14, 2013 at about 2am, officers from the Clementi Police Division were conducting anti-crime rounds in the vicinity of Sentosa Siloso Beach when they spotted two suspects, aged 24 and 29, behaving suspiciously.

Upon checking, officers found a total of 263 event tickets, believed to be forged, in their possession.

Through follow-up investigations, another 310 tickets and a rubber stamp were recovered in the vicinity of Jalan Rajah.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the two men had obtained the tickets from an unknown man and did not manage to sell them to event-goers at Sentosa before they were spotted by the police officers.

In the next case, on the same night at about 11.45pm, Police received a report informing that a man was selling fake event tickets at Sentosa.

Officers from the Clementi Police Division arrived at the scene shortly and arrested the 46-year-old man.

Through follow-up investigations, officers arrested his accomplice, a 29-year-old man, in the vicinity of Geylang Road on Dec 15, 2013 at about 7.30am. Preliminary investigations revealed that the two men were in possession of about 30 event tickets, believed to be forged.

The two suspects claimed to have bought the tickets from an unknown man and had sold at least nine tickets to event-goers at Sentosa before they were arrested by the police officers.

Investigations against the four suspects are ongoing.

Anyone who is convicted of an offence of Possession of Forged Document shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine. For the offence of Using A Forged Document, the offenders shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 4 years, or with fine, or with both.

Commander of Clementi Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police (DAC) Melvin Yong, warned that there are criminals out to make a quick buck from the sales of forged or fake tickets of major concerts and party events. DAC Yong said, "Having in possession as well as using a forged ticket are both serious offences. There are several concerts, Christmas parties and Countdown parties during this year-end festive period. Party-goers and concert-goers are advised to purchase their tickets from the official ticketing counter or official event website. They can then be assured that the tickets are genuine. Do not spoil your fun night out with a fake ticket."

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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