Counterfeit Ring Pat’d Down

Indianapolis police have arrested three men on preliminary charges of counterfeiting after discovering fake sporting event tickets in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop.

Nearly 200 tickets for the November 4th Colts-Patriots game, as well as hundreds of other NFL and college football tickets, were confiscated, according to the Indianapolis Star.

"This was a major arrest," Indianapolis Police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey Duhamell told the paper. "These individuals counterfeit tickets and move from city to city, but they have been very hard to infiltrate. It’s quite a big network."

The three men are believed to be part of a larger counterfeiting ring that operates out of Atlanta. The operation has reportedly produced fake tickets for some very high-profile events, including the Super Bowl, and is under investigation in several cities.

More than 40 people were sold fake seats to the Colts-Patriots game, Duhamell said, at upward of $150 per ticket. He said more charges could be added as police investigate exactly how many tickets were sold by the men and work in conjunction with ongoing investigations in other cities.

"These are just three, but we feel there are more than three," Duhamell told the Star. "We hope this puts a dent in it."