Students accused of selling fake prom tickets

Posted at 5:26 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 22:10:42-04

Gilbert police say a group of students has been busted for selling fake prom tickets to fellow students at Higley High School.

One mom, who did not want to give her last name, says her daughter was duped into buying the fake tickets.

"There was a student in her class that said, she had friends that were not going to be going to the prom, and that she had tickets for sale," said Jamie, the mother of one of the ticket victims.

Jamie says the tickets were being sold for $20 each, a bargain compared to the $50 the school was charging.

Jamie claims up to 80 tickets were sold, adding up to $1,600.

Jamie says something was fishy when an email went out to parents and students last week.

"I get an email from the school, saying that all prom tickets needed to be turned into the book store with the receipt, and new tickets would be handed out at that time," said Jamie.

That's when Jamie's daughter realized the tickets were fake.

"Some kids were just innocently thinking they were buying a cheaper ticket from someone who couldn't go," said Jamie.

Gilbert police are aware of the scheme.

The School Resource Officer said some of the students bought the tickets, knowing they were fake.

The students thought they could get into prom for a cheaper price with the tickets that looked nearly identical to the real deal.

The Higley Unified School District told ABC15 via email that the school was aware of the situation and it would be handled based on the student code of conduct.

Jamie says the fake ticket ring leader was suspended for 9 days.

Gilbert police suggests victims of the prom night ticket ring file a theft report.

Police confirm there is no criminal investigation ongoing.