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Metro police target ticket scammers during Stanley Cup Final

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Metro police have arrested five men accused of swindling hockey fans out of thousands of dollars by selling them counterfeit Stanley Cup Final tickets.

One of those suspects, Michael Martins, was featured in a Channel 4 report on May 23. Nashville resident Jason Jones said he purchased two counterfeit tickets from Martins before the Western Conference Final Game 6. Jones recorded a video of the transaction and posted it to Facebook.

“Everything in our gut was telling us not to do it,” Jones said. “But you get caught up in that moment with a glimmer of hope that it may be real.”

Martins was arrested Monday night and charged with criminal simulation greater than $2,500, which is a Class D felony in Tennessee.

Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said ticket scams have been a problem throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Bridgestone Arena staff confiscated roughly 40 counterfeit tickets before Saturday’s Game 3.

“It is unfortunate when it happens,” Henry said. “When the building is completely sold out and standing room only is sold out, it’s really hard to try and accommodate those people.”

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