Toronto police have made an arrest after a basketball fan was ripped off for $15,400 after he tried to buy 11 playoff basketball tickets last year.
A 40-year-old victim e-transferred the money, but didn’t get the tickets nor his money back between June 2019 and February 2020, police said in a news release Thursday.
Tickets to the NBA Finals in Toronto, the first ever appearance for the Raptors franchise, were in short supply and high demand drove prices sky-high on the secondary market.
Police had warned fans not to prepay for tickets on websites such as Kijiji or eBay and to only buy from official sources.
The accused also faces charges in a separate complaint.
Between March and December of 2017, police said the accused visited a restaurant on four occasions, buying food and alcohol with a fraudulently obtained credit card number in payment.
Ajay Aery, 28, was arrested on Monday at his Toronto residence.
Aery has been charged with fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, three counts of fraudulently obtained food and three counts of unauthorized use of credit card data.
Police have released his photo as part of their investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).