NORMAN, Okla. – Charges were filed against a group of men accused of selling thousands of dollars in counterfeit tickets to the Notre Dame-OU game last fall.
Investigators have identified five suspects who traveled from Georgia to sell fake tickets outside the stadium, according to court documents filed by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office.
OU senior Jake Warren and a friend purchased two tickets for $100 after the game was underway.
Stadium officials informed them that the tickets were counterfeit.
“They scanned the ticket and the ticket didn’t work,” Warren said. “They said these are fake.”
When questioned by police, Warren tentatively identified one of the suspects as the person who sold him the tickets.
The University of Oklahoma Police Department identified multiple victims who paid hundreds of dollars for the fake tickets.
One victim told investigators he purchased four tickets for $1,100.
According to the probable cause affidavit, one of the suspects admitted that the group drove from Georgia to sell counterfeit tickets.
“They did it to a lot of people and they deserve to have charges put on them,” Warren said.
Authorities said they were able to track down 57 counterfeit tickets.
These tickets were in the possession of two of the suspects and the rest were seized by the OU Athletic Ticket Office, according to court documents.
The company responsible for printing OU tickets analyzed the counterfeit tickets.
The company found that all 57 were in fact counterfeit and that they came from a single source, according to court records.
The suspects face multiple charges including conspiracy to commit a felony and obtaining cash by false pretenses.
They were also charged with violating the Trademark Anti-Counterfeiting Act because the counterfeit tickets used the University of Oklahoma logo, court records said.
The University of Oklahoma, campus police and the district attorney’s office were unavailable for comment.