Teen charged with selling fake tickets to Bieber concert at United Center ... for $200

June 12, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

He was a Belieber, but he had been fooled.

When a suburban man saw a Craigslist ad for tickets to Justin Bieber's July concert at the United Center, he decided to snap up four for $800, according to Cook County Criminal Court records. But he later learned the tickets were fake after visiting the United Center box office.

The man who sold the forged tickets, police said, was Charles Patterson, a teenager from Garfield Ridge on the Southwest Side. Patterson, 19, was arrested Monday evening in Bronzeville and charged with forgery.

According to police records, officials were able to catch the teen after he offered to sell four more tickets to the man for another $1,000. He was detained by police when he tried to deliver the second set of tickets.

Patterson appeared in court Wednesday afternoon and was held on $25,000 bond.

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