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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.


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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

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It amazes me how people just thrown common sense out the window when it comes to buying scalped tickets. If you really want to go to Comic-Con you can buy your tickets (when Comic-Con finally fixes their purchasing glitch) from the web site if you act quick enough. While I do enjoy people without common sense getting taken, I'm glad that those responsible have been caught. And if they got caught, they probably had their personal information on the original pass. Which makes them even dumber and deserving to be caught.

Comic Con lost it's soul. The corporate wigs moved in and killed it. It also became a popularity contest and celebrity show-off event. It's nothing what it used to be, years ago people actually asked meaningful questions and had meaningful discussions with directors, actors, graphic artists and writers. These days you hear questions from people who don't know the difference between an episodic series and a soap opera; questions like "what's your favorite color". You sit there and wonder...really? you really asked that?...you asked the creative mind of a tv series that?! Then there's the lines...oh the lines......long....long....long...lines. Yes, there's a list of 20+ events on a single day, however, realistically, you'll only get see maybe 4. Then there's those are the wonderful people, like the one's in Orange County, who for some reason attend the event and make fun of other people...because I suppose wearing a costume to Comic Con is such a huge stretch....heaven's forbid people wear anything else but Prada, especially at Comic Con.

Creeps. I can think of a far better punishment for them: Making coffee runs for everybody in line for Hall H every morning for the duration of the Con.


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