NJ judge: Ticket scam case against 4 can go ahead

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Posted: Oct 12, 2010 12:12 PM
NJ judge: Ticket scam case against 4 can go ahead

A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled that the prosecution of four California men charged with a massive online ticket fraud can continue.

Kenneth Lowson, Kristofer Kirsch, Faisal Nahdi and Joel Stevenson face charges that include conspiracy, wire fraud and unauthorized computer access. The wire fraud charges carry 20-year maximum sentences.

The four men and their company, Wiseguy Tickets, allegedly developed a program that could fool Web pages that require purchasers to type in a sample word to continue. Prosecutors say the quartet bought and sold more than a million tickets and made profits of more than $29 million.

Defense attorneys on Tuesday sought to dismiss the indictment, arguing the four violated websites' terms of use but didn't break federal law.