Man charged with scalping tickets outside The Q before Game 3 of the NBA Finals

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CLEVELAND – A man has been charged for sophisticated ticket scalping at Quicken Loans Arena after getting arrested before the Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

Mark Hoffman has been charged with scalping in a prohibited zone, criminal trespass, and having criminal tools.

A police report shows that undercover Cleveland police officers spotted Hoffman on the property of the arena ‘conducting illegal ticket transactions.’ and he’d been banned from the property before. The report says Hoffman was ‘engaged in a prepaid credit card transaction that has tickets attached to it.’

The city has designated zones on the street for ticket scalping. A veteran scalper told FOX 8 that sometimes prepaid credit cards are used to try to get around the Cavaliers ticketing system which involves online transactions.

Police also say when they confronted Hoffman, he had several prepaid credit cards in his hand, and he was ‘trying to locate the proper card to sell the patrons.’

Hoffman, 39, has a Cleveland Heights address and is is set to appear in court on Thursday.