Man faces ticket scalping charges



Typically deputies don’t make arrests for ticket scalping on the first day of Masters Week but this year authorities made an exception for a repeat offender.

James Russ, 57, was booked into the Richmond County Jail Monday on charges of criminal trespass and unlawful sale of athletic tickets after deputies caught him scalping tickets on the grounds of the Augusta National.

“He was known to us,” said Capt. Scott Gay.

Russ had previously been banned from the course and had arrests from Masters weeks in 2008 and 2009.

“Typically we warn people on Monday and then on Tuesday and Wednesday we make charges,” Gay said.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the problem is usually minimal, but the problem arises again on Sunday when people heading home try to sell their tickets.

Arrests have been made today, but totals were not immediately available. In 2011, at least 11 people were charged for scalping on Tuesday.

First-time offenders are charged with disorderly conduct. Any repeat offenders are charged with unlawful sale of athletic tickets.




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