Two Comic-Con scamsters plead guilty in San Diego
Two men from Los Angeles have pleaded guilty in San Diego to selling bogus tickets to last summer's Comic-Con bash.
Farhad Lame and Navid Vatankhahan were each sentenced to a $750 fine, three years' probation and 10 days of community service picking up roadside trash. Lame pleaded guilty in San Diego County Superior Court on Monday; Vatankhahan pleaded guilty last week.
The two were arrested in July on the last day of the convention when two women who had each paid $120 for a two-day ticket were refused entry. The tickets proved to be photocopies of a non-transferable exhibitor's ticket.
With the increasing popularity of the annual event, tickets to Comic-Con are becoming rare and precious commidities.
City Atty. Jan Goldsmith warned the public to be wary of ticket offers to popular events such as Comic-Con. "The old adage, 'If it seems too good to be true, it usually is,' applies more than ever to the Internet," Goldsmith said.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Zoe Tantrum, seen on stilts, passes out event invitations at Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times