I-Team Exclusive: 3 arrested after fans pay hundreds of dollars for fake Cavs tickets

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three people have now been hit with charges for selling fake tickets to Wednesday's Cleveland Cavs NBA Finals game at the Q.

The Fox 8 I-Team has obtained exclusive cell phone video showing how one of the deals happened.

Michael Lamparyk met a man downtown after seeing a good deal for tickets advertised on-line, and he videotaped the transaction. During the deal, the seller can be heard saying, “The tickets are 100% legit.” Michael found out they were not. Cleveland police looked at the video and quickly found their man still downtown.

In this case, police have charged Harvey Nelson and Melissa Martin from New York.

Mason Wein, 21, has also been charged in another counterfeit ticket case from Wednesday. Meantime, the I-Team recently revealed a Lake County man indicted on a series of charges for fake tickets to Cavs games earlier in the season.

The suspects in the Wednesday cases go to court Friday morning.

Investigators have said repeatedly, the safest ways to buy Cavs tickets are through the team’s FlashSeats website or through ticket agencies.

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