ST. LOUIS • A New York man has been indicted on federal charges and accused of selling counterfeit World Series tickets.
Shawn Turner, 31, of New York City, was arrested Oct. 27 after a brief chase by St. Louis police and charged by complaint in federal court here Oct. 28 on two charges: trafficking in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit access devices. He was indicted on those same charges Thursday.
The indictment, made public Friday, and other documents say that officers were on the lookout for bogus tickets after "numerous" fans complained of getting scammed.
Officers Todd Ross and Sam Jefferson spotted some ticket sellers in the 100 block of North Broadway and approached Turner, who was wearing a red St. Louis Cardinals hooded sweatshirt and jeans. Turner greeted the officers, then ran, charging documents say, throwing down six counterfeit tickets during the chase. He was caught by other officers a few blocks away.
Turner would later tell Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jeffrey Othic that he had arrived in St. Louis Oct. 26 with plans to scalp World Series tickets.
Turner denied buying or selling any tickets in St. Louis and denied discarding any fake tickets.
He admitted having at least two or three arrests for scalping or selling fake tickets in New York and Philadelphia, and was on probation from a conviction in Arizona earlier this year, Othic wrote in a court affidavit.
According to news reports at the time, Turner was one of eight men caught with 230 fake tickets two days before the Jan. 10 BCS Championship game between Auburn and Oregon.
Thursday's indictment accuses Turner of buying and selling fake tickets with a face value of $250 from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27
Turner told court staff that he is unemployed and his only expense is rent of $221 a month.
A Cardinals official said that hundreds of fans were victims of fake ticket sales here.
A St. Louis County man, Christopher James Bruce, 37, faces a misdemeanor theft charge in St. Louis Circuit Court after being caught selling fake World Series tickets the same day as Turner, court records show.
Last year, Kevin Bryant, 52, of Atlanta, was sentenced to 366 days in federal prison for possession of fake tickets to Opening Day and fake $100 bills.