Counterfeit

Fans line up to enter the stadium game 3 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jonathan Newton

A West Virginia man was arrested for allegedly selling fake World Series tickets to Friday night’s historic game played at Nationals Park between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, D.C. police said Sunday.

Ondre Nelson, 54, of Huntington, West Virginia, was charged with first degree fraud after allegedly selling five counterfeit tickets for $2,000 to a man near the ballpark entrance on N Street SE about 90 minutes before the start of the first World Series game played in the nation’s capital since 1933, according to court filings.

Nelson pleaded not guilty Saturday to a misdemeanor in D.C. Superior Court and was released pending a hearing Nov. 14, court records show. His court-appointed attorney did not immediately respond Sunday to requests for comment.

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim flagged down police at about 6:30 p.m. Friday after he said he was refused entry to the game with the bogus tickets, and showed an officer a photo he allegedly took of Nelson after the sale.

Minutes later, police said, they encountered the victim after he had caught up to Nelson and another man involved in the alleged scam one block north on South Capitol Street SE. The victim said the second man paid him back $1,300 and left the scene, police said, but Nelson was still arguing with him.

Nelson was arrested, and taken to a hospital after complaining of trouble breathing, police said.

Monday, February 24, 2020