ASTORIA — A Jamaica man is one of two suspects each facing more than 200 charges for allegedly selling counterfeit tickets to high-profile football games, including Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played this weekend in New Jersey, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Damon Daniels, 43, of 605 E. 168th St. in the Bronx and also of Jamaica, was arrested Jan. 28 after it was discovered that he and an alleged accomplice, Eugene Fladger, 32, of 8537 Williams Ave. in Philadelphia, were selling forged tickets to several NFL postseason games, according to the DA’s office.
Police began investigating the operation in December after the National Football League’s Security Division alerted the NYPD it had been receiving counterfeit tickets to games.
An undercover operation carried out over the next several weeks led to the discovery of the illegal business from which Daniels and Fladger are charged with selling hundreds of forged game tickets, parking passes and admission tickets to other NFL events, the DA’s office said.
Undercover officers allegedly met up with the pair twice in Astoria as part of the sting, the DA said.
Each defendant is facing 79 counts of second-degree forgery, 79 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, three counts of criminal possession of forgery devices, one count of criminal possession of computer-related material, 79 counts of second-degree trademark counterfeiting and one count of fifth-degree conspiracy, according to the borough’s top prosecutor.
Both men could spend up to seven years in prison if convicted, the DA said.