17 charged in Masters ticket sales

Police also say they've seized 79 badges to this week's tournament

Thursday, April 7, 2011 4:34 PM
Last updated 4:41 PM
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Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged 17 people with illegal sales of Masters Tournament badges over the first four days of golf at Augusta National and confiscated 79 tickets.

Scalpers had one day of warning on Monday before deputies started transporting suspects to jail.

Richmond County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay said those arrested Tuesday and Wednesday, were charged with buying or selling tickets within 2,700 feet of the Augusta National Golf Club. Each person faced a $500 bond and fines as high as $750.

So far no one has been arrested today.

Gay said authorities generally have the most problems Monday through Wednesday. Those diminish Thursday and Friday before climbing again on Saturday and Sunday.

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Taylor B
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Taylor B 04/07/11 - 04:44 pm
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Really? Jail time for selling

Really? Jail time for selling something you own thats totally legal to have?

corgimom
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corgimom 04/07/11 - 05:48 pm
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That's so Augusta, Taylor B.

That's so Augusta, Taylor B.

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gimmesmoore 04/07/11 - 06:35 pm
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It's not illegal to sell the

It's not illegal to sell the badges. It's selling them in such close proximity to the course that's illegal. Have you ever been hounded by an irritating moron hassling you to buy or sell your badge?! It takes away from the entire Masters experience.

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andnowfor 04/07/11 - 06:56 pm
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The National should take

The National should take those confiscated badges and randomly offer them to local residents on the wait list so some in the community can enjoy the tournament for the week.

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Just My Opinion 04/07/11 - 07:26 pm
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It's the lure of money,

It's the lure of money, folks. Greed. Doesn't matter how many people the police arrest, it'll still go on.

Tisk tisk what is this world coming to
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andnowfor has a good idea but

andnowfor has a good idea but it is only 1/2 of the equation. What about the person who gets Masters tickets every year and sells them to the scalpers? Shouldn't something happen to them too? I mean the tickets have ticket numbers don't they? It should be easy to track them down. I mean if you are going to bust the scalper then you should but the person who sells to the scalper.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 04/07/11 - 08:17 pm
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This does not pertain to the

This does not pertain to the tickets but to the Masters overall. Does anyone else have the problem of clicking on a part they want to read and first you get to look at the suggestion to buy a subscription (I already paid mine and am still paying)once I get beyond that and think I can finally read what I clicked on in the first place - here comes the article on the Masters. Never get what I want, no matter how many times I have tried. Sort of sickening - the Masters are all over the place as it is and I've had it with them - up to my eyeballs!!

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nycweeks 04/07/11 - 10:47 pm
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Everyone that spends money on

Everyone that spends money on watching others play golf should be arrested. There are homeless animals and people that could benefit greatly from those funds that are wasted on being in close proximity to famous golfers. So what, if you were so close you could have spit on them...you didn't.

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lifelongresident 04/08/11 - 07:45 am
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this is an effiecent and
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this is an effiecent and economical use of the limited police resources, make a whole lot of sense with all the crime, drugs, prostitution and shootings going on in town arrest all those "horrible" people selling badges...yeah that makes a whole lot of sense

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lifelongresident 04/08/11 - 07:47 am
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with all the crime, drugs,
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with all the crime, drugs, prostitution and shootings going on in town arrest all those "horrible" people selling badges/tickets...yeah that makes a whole lot of sense

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siberian 04/08/11 - 12:44 pm
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well i dont know about

well i dont know about everyone here but im so sick of the masters period......their arrogant attitudes....the money these idiots pay for a stupid badge......if you can pay 10,000 dollars to watch a golf tournament and never sent in one dime to a charity you make me sick

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