17 charged in Masters ticket sales

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

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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