7 cited for scalping, prohibited sales around Rupp

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comMarch 25, 2013 

Louisville played Colorado State on Saturday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Photo by Matt Goins

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Seven people were cited for ticket scalping and seven were ticketed for the prohibited sales of items around the Lexington Center area during last week's regional games at the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts could not say whether it was the same seven.

Roberts said there were no major traffic disturbances during the games and arrests for all varieties of crimes were minimal.

In addition to citations for ticket scalping and prohibited sales, one person was arrested on an oustanding warrant for ticket scalping, she said, and five people were arrested near Rupp Arena for alcohol intoxication and disorderly conduct.

People typically are not arrested for ticket scalping; it is considered a violation under state law. However, Roberts said it is at the officer's discretion whether to arrest someone. The penalty is a fine of up to $250.

Under state law, a person is guilty of ticket scalping when they intentionally sell or offer to sell a ticket to an event at a price greater than that charged at the place of admission or printed on the ticket.

In addition, under city ordinance it is illegal for any person to sell, or offer for sale, food or goods while in the Lexington Center area, at any time during the two hours preceding a ticketed Rupp Arena event or during the one hour following the event. The definition of goods includes tickets to any event taking place in Rupp Arena.

People found guilty of violating the ordinance concerning the sale of food or goods can be fined up to $250, be jailed for up to seven days or both.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409.Twitter:@vhspears

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