A 19-year-old man, Branden Bullerin, has been arrested and charged with third degree grand theft, forgery and scheme to fraud. Bullerin was selling counterfeit discounted tickets to Walt Disney World and Universal theme parks on Craigslist. Bullerin had been arrested 17 times before with two of those arrests for suspicion of selling fraudulent theme park tickets.
Bullerin would have the victims meet him at the Orlando International Airport in the food court where he would show a copy of his driver’s license and social security card as proof of identity. He listed his name on the tickets as a cast member of Walt Disney World and passed the tickets off as his complimentary employee passes.
When the victims tried to enter the theme park they were told they were counterfeit.
Detectives noted grammatical errors on the tickets and that there was an expiration date of January 2018. They were also told by Walt Disney World that Bullerin had never been employed there.
In order to catch Bullerin an undercover detective went on craigslist looking for tickets to Walt Disney World. Bullerin responded and requested to meet at Orlando International Airport once again in the food court. They met on January 26th and once the officer paid $400.00 for the tickets the arrest was made. The tickets were later confirmed to be counterfeit.
Once arrested Bullerin named a partner Jimmy Messer. Bullerin called Messer and asked him to deliver tickets to the airport and cops picked him up on the way. They found 53 counterfeit tickets for Disney World and Universal with Messer.
Messer was charged with a misdemeanor of possessing fraudulent theme park admission tickets.
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