Police charge man with selling fake CMA Music Fest tickets

Friday, June 10, 2011 at 12:46pm

Metro police working Thursday night’s Country Music Association Music Festival concert at LP Field arrested a Georgia man for allegedly selling counterfeit tickets to unsuspecting fans.

Plainclothes officers arrested Eric North, 39, of Douglasville, Ga., on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge after he allegedly showed them fake tickets, some with the same barcodes and same seat numbers.

North is charged with criminal simulation and two counts of misdemeanor theft. He was held in jail on $30,000 bond.

Police said North had 47 counterfeit tickets and $1,039 in cash on him when they arrested him. Duped fans alerted police to the fake tickets after LP Field staffers told them that the tickets they’d bought for between $40 and $80 were no good.

Officers returned $980 of the cash taken from North to nine victims identified as having bought from North or another man with him.

Police said ticket resellers and other street vendors are required to display city-issued identification cards.

7 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 6/10/11 at 12:37

I really hope this is the last year of this CMA crap, If they are not going to include other genres of music so that everyone in the city can enjoy, then they don't need to have it.

By: RTungsten on 6/10/11 at 12:49

Lady Gaga already played here this year, NY1. Guess you missed out!

By: PDL on 6/10/11 at 2:39

Oh, NY, you don't really mean that, do you? It's really NOT all about you ALL the time. Is it?

By: slacker on 6/10/11 at 2:44

Criminal simulation, I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

By: tim4wsp on 6/10/11 at 6:27

New Yorker. CMA/Fan Fair has been happening in Nashville for generations. If you don't like it so much then feel free to go back to New York. Delta is ready when you are.

In fact, go ahead and go now and take the thousands of other northern jackasses that are ruining Nashville with you. Go spread your hate somewhere else.

By: RJP on 6/11/11 at 4:39

rjp Let me guess new yorker 1 is in the snap group!

By: localboy on 6/14/11 at 11:33

tim4wsp swings for the fences...it's outta here!!