By Henry K. Lee
Chronicle Staff Writer
March 2, 2010
An Alameda man is among four people indicted by a federal grand jury on
charges of reaping $25 million reselling premium tickets to concerts and
sporting events by hacking into online vendor systems such as
Ticketmaster.com, prosecutors said Monday.
Joel Stevenson, 37, surrendered Monday to the FBI in Newark, N.J., where
a 43-count indictment was issued Feb. 23 and unsealed Monday.
Stevenson, along with Kenneth Lowson, 40, Kristofer Kirsch, 37, and
Faisal Nahdi, 36, all of Los Angeles, were charged with wire fraud,
conspiracy to commit wire fraud and unauthorized computer access.
The four men resold 1.5 million tickets for performances by Bruce
Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney and
Hannah Montana, the popular teen character played by Miley Cyrus,
federal prosecutors said.
The defendants also focused on tickets for live theater, including
productions of "Wicked" and "The Producers," as well as sporting events
such as the 2006 Rose Bowl, the 2007 Major League Baseball playoffs at
Yankee Stadium and special events including tapings of the ABC program
"Dancing With the Stars," prosecutors said.
The four did business as Wiseguys Tickets and Seats of San Francisco,
the indictment said. At various times from 2002 to 2009, the operation
was based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the indictment said.
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