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CLEVELAND-- A man busted for selling fake tickets on camera to see the Cavs in the NBA Finals now can’t be found, the FOX 8 I-Team learned.

In June, the I-Team first showed you cell phone video of Harvey Nelson. That helped lead to his arrest by Cleveland police for selling counterfeit tickets. Court records show Nelson recently pleaded guilty and that same day he was released on bond.

Sentencing had been scheduled for Thursday afternoon, but Nelson vanished.

The court has a warrant out for his arrest, but even his attorney doesn’t know where he is.

The victim didn’t expect to see the guy get life in prison, but he also didn’t expect him to simply walk away.

“I want to know why you let him go.” He added, 'They`ll never find him," Michael Lamparyk said.

Lamparyk recorded video of a deal he made with Nelson for tickets to one of the last Cavs playoff games. On the video, you can hear Nelson say, “If the tickets are not legit, I can be held accountable for my actions. That would be a scam.”

Nelson hasn`t been seen at the Justice Center since he pleaded guilty. He didn`t go up to the seventh floor to see a court worker about his background before sentencing. He also didn`t make arrangements to get an ankle bracelet either, so the court system could keep tabs on him.

Judge Michael Astrab lowered Nelson’s bond. He’d been in jail a couple months. Police said he has ties to New York. Cuyahoga County Prosecutors said Nelson has “numerous aliases and convictions spanning numerous states.”

We’re told the judge expects Nelson to be brought back for sentencing some day, even though the case involves low-level felonies.

Lamparyk said he hopes everyone learns from this when dealing with strangers selling tickets.

"Well, the biggest part for me was showing other people not to go down there and buy tickets," he said.

A woman arrested with Nelson has not yet been sentenced. Her case is still moving through the courts.

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