Four men arrested for selling fake ZoukOut tickets

Party-goers may have thronged the two-day annual dance music festival ZoukOut at Sentosa's Siloso Beach last weekend, but four men will be facing the music of a different kind. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Party-goers may have thronged the two-day annual dance music festival ZoukOut at Sentosa's Siloso Beach last weekend, but four men will be facing the music of a different kind. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Party-goers may have thronged the two-day annual dance music festival ZoukOut at Sentosa's Siloso Beach last weekend, but four men will be facing the music of a different kind.

The four, aged between 24 and 46, were arrested over the weekend in two separate cases for allegedly possessing fake tickets to the event, which saw a record turnout of 41,000 people this year.

The police said that in the first case, officers doing their rounds spotted two men, aged 24 and 29, behaving suspiciously near Siloso Beach at about 2am last Saturday. When they were checked, officers found in their possession a total of 263 event tickets, believed to be forged. Follow-up investigations yielded another 310 tickets and a rubber stamp which were found in the vicinity of Jalan Rajah, near Toa Payoh. The two suspects are said to have obtained the tickets from an unknown man and had not managed to sell them before they were nabbed.

At about 11.45pm the same day, police received a report of a man selling fake event tickets at Sentosa. The 46-year-old man was arrested at the scene while his 29-year-old accomplice was nabbed near Geylang Road on Sunday morning.

Preliminary investigations show that the pair was in possession of about 30 event tickets, which are suspected to be forged. They claim to have bought the tickets from an unknown man, and had sold at least nine tickets before they were caught.

Investigations are ongoing, said police.

If convicted of possessing a forged document, offenders face a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine. Those convicted of using a forged document face a jail term of up to four years, a fine or both punishments.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Melvin Yong, the Commander of Clementi Police Division, warned of criminals out to make a quick buck from the sales of forged or fake tickets of major concerts and party events, especially during the festive period.

He said: "Party-goers and concert-goers are advised to purchase their tickets from the official ticketing counter or official event website. They can then be assured that the tickets are genuine. Do not spoil your fun night out with a fake ticket."