Two Georgia men peddling phony tickets to Saturday’s LSU football game were arrested by campus police after disappointed fans reported the forgeries to university officials, LSU police said.
Kenny Lamar Redding, 30, and Christopher Harrison, 29, both of Atlanta, were booked into Parish Prison on two counts each of an offense against intellectual property an LSU Police report says.
Harrison, who was identified by the victims as the man who sold them the counterfeit tickets, was also booked on two counts of theft, according to the report.
Redding and Harrison told police they’d only bought and sold a few tickets, leading a university police officer to write in the report that the two should have only had a few hundred dollars in cash — yet both were carrying more than a thousand dollars each at the time of their arrest, police said.
Both men maintained their innocence when questioned by LSU police.
When LSU police asked Redding if he had any tickets left, he produced several tickets, and the first two examined by officers matched counterfeit tickets the police already had in their possession, the report says.
Tickets to Saturday’s LSU football game against Florida — a 35 to 28 win for the LSU Tigers — were in high demand with both teams coming into the game undefeated and ranked in the top 10 nationally. The brisk secondary market saw tickets selling for more than $200 each with some seats going for as much as $1,000.
Harrison and Redding remained in Parish Prison Sunday night. Bail had not yet been set for either.