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Friday, October 25, 2019

Feds probe whether White Sox insider involved in sale of thousands of complimentary game tickets on StubHub

Even in the age of StubHub, the sheer number of tickets that one man was selling to Chicago White Sox games through the online resale forum was mind-boggling.

Over the course of three seasons from 2016 to 2018, Bruce Lee sold more than 35,000 tickets to Sox home games through StubHub, generating nearly $1 million in revenue, according to federal records unsealed this week.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 25, 2019 at 06:58 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: chicago, chicago white sox, crime, general, police blotter, stubhub, tickets, white sox

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   1. i hear there are a lot of dead animals in 57i66135 Posted: October 28, 2019 at 01:18 PM (#5895452)
pigs get fat
hogs get slaughtered
   2. Zonk Begs Your Pardon, Mr Blago Posted: October 28, 2019 at 01:55 PM (#5895464)
Enter the Dragnet
   3. Zonk Begs Your Pardon, Mr Blago Posted: October 28, 2019 at 02:01 PM (#5895467)
Lists of Grand Juries...
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: October 28, 2019 at 02:05 PM (#5895472)
I assume comp'ed White Sox tickets are the only kind that can make a profit these days.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: October 28, 2019 at 02:07 PM (#5895473)
it's not the sequel you want, but it's the sequel you need:

CROUCHING TICKET, HIDDEN CONVENIENCE FEE
   6. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 28, 2019 at 02:39 PM (#5895488)
Why did it take three days for this to make it through the approval process? I figured it had been rejected for some reason.
   7. Bote Man Posted: October 28, 2019 at 03:12 PM (#5895500)
The Primer Chimp was watching the World Series and drinking heavily.
   8. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 28, 2019 at 03:24 PM (#5895506)
The Primer Chimp was watching the World Series and drinking heavily.


Oooo, I think I read that! Hunter Thompson, right?
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 28, 2019 at 03:32 PM (#5895512)
Why did it take three days for this to make it through the approval process? I figured it had been rejected for some reason.
And then apparently posted according to the time that it had been originally submitted, rather than when it was approved, making it likely to be overlooked by many. Perhaps the people with keys could make more of an effort to serve the readership rather than pursuing their own agendas?
   10. manchestermets Posted: October 28, 2019 at 04:15 PM (#5895524)
TFA isn't available in the EU - what is the alleged crime here? That he obtained the comps dishonestly I assume?
   11. Zonk Begs Your Pardon, Mr Blago Posted: October 28, 2019 at 04:20 PM (#5895527)
TFA isn't available in the EU - what is the alleged crime here? That he obtained the comps dishonestly I assume?


Breach of the GDPRs :-)
   12. Brian C Posted: October 28, 2019 at 04:30 PM (#5895533)
TFA isn't available in the EU - what is the alleged crime here? That he obtained the comps dishonestly I assume?

Yes, it appears that the guy had an accomplice inside the ticket office that would supply him with comp ticket vouchers.

I have to say, it doesn't seem like these doofuses thought this scheme through - did it really not occur to them that the ridiculously high volume might raise some red flags? At least the guys in Office Space tried to make their scam too small to be noticed.
   13. Cris E Posted: October 28, 2019 at 06:12 PM (#5895550)
Unless the guy on the outside had some shady influence over the poor guy inside and it exploded beyond his control. I believe there are a few documented instances where criminals have exerted undue influence over fellow citizens that actually resulted in those individuals moving deeper into criminal activities than initially intended.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: October 28, 2019 at 07:12 PM (#5895557)
did it really not occur to them that the ridiculously high volume might raise some red flags?

They seem to have gotten away with it for three years -- mighty slow red flags there. The "analytics" group found him ... based on the complicated analysis that his 11,000 tix sold that year were 10,871 more than the next highest total. I'm sure they had to fire up the super computer for that one.

Anyway, nobody's even been charged yet. Not sure I want his lawyer though: “It’s an interesting theory that the government has, but whether it amounts to proof of anything in court remains to be seen,”
   15. puck Posted: October 28, 2019 at 09:38 PM (#5895582)
Enter the Dragnet


China's really going to come down on the Sox for this. No more White Sox games in China.
   16. Brian C Posted: October 28, 2019 at 09:54 PM (#5895588)
They seem to have gotten away with it for three years -- mighty slow red flags there. The "analytics" group found him ... based on the complicated analysis that his 11,000 tix sold that year were 10,871 more than the next highest total. I'm sure they had to fire up the super computer for that one.

I tell you what though, that guy who thought he was really pushing his luck by selling 129 tickets is breathing a sigh of relief today.

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