Counterfeit tickets bring big prices Wednesday night

September 08, 1995|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer

When he paid a scalper $120 before Wednesday's Orioles game, Kevin Litz knew he had one of the hottest tickets in town. But he didn't know how hot until he got to the seat.

That's when the usher in the upper deck handed the ticket back to Litz, explaining that he was about the 10th person that night to present a ticket for seat A-6 in Section 372. The real owner was sitting in A-6, enjoying the game.

Litz had been had by a counterfeiter.

"He evidently was making a fortune," he said of the mysterious seller he encountered a few blocks from the ballpark. The tickets seemed genuine, and fooled the ushers at the main gate. But the ushers in the stands pointed out a flaw in the printing that marked it as a fake.

Litz had decided at the last minute to try to get a ticket for the game, heading down about an hour before the first pitch. He was unsuccessful finding a seat at a price he could afford and was heading back to his car when he encountered the counterfeit ticket seller.

The ushers did not throw him out, and Litz wandered around until he found an empty seat.

Litz, a 28-year-old computer-aided draftsman, holds no grudge against the counterfeiter. "Well, he got me a pass in the front door, and that's what I wanted," Litz said.

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