By Chelsea Karnash
BROOKHAVEN, Pa. (CBS) – A Brookhaven man has been accused of running a fraudulent ticket-selling operation that scammed multiple victims out of a total of thousands of dollars during 2010 and 2011.
Michael William Boyd, of Maple Avenue in Brookhaven, is charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft by Deception, Receiving Stolen Property and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.
Allegedly, Boyd would promise his victims—many of whom were his co-workers at the time—Eagles or Phillies tickets through a “friend.” He would then contact the victims from fake email addresses he had created and, using the fake friends’ names, negotiate the sale of the tickets with his victims. When the victims had paid the money for their tickets online, Boyd reportedly concocted excuses as to why the tickets couldn’t be produced and refused to refund the victims’ money when they approached him in person.
After the victims filed multiple complaints with police about their missing money, police went to Boyd’s residence and confronted him about his activities. Boyd was unable to produce the original ticket sellers, and he was arraigned on December 20th, 2011.
Boyd’s bail was set at $25,000, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 10, 2012.