New bill would mean harsher penalties for fake ticket sales

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —

A new bill that was recently filed would create harsher penalties for people who sell fake admission tickets.

The bill, SB 1142, was filed in late February by Senator Tom Lee. It's intended to enhance criminal penalties for those convicted of possessing or selling fraudulent admission tickets.

Authorities in central Florida have arrested dozens of people in recent years for selling fake theme park tickets. In a statement to WFTV, Disney officials said they agree with the bill.

"Fraudulent ticket sales can ruin family vacations and harm Florida's tourism brand, which is why the tourism industry supports increased penalties for criminal ticket brokers," Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said.

The bill would specifically create harsher punishments for people who commit second and subsequent violations. It would also mean enhanced penalties for those who are caught selling more than a specified number of tickets. The bill says it would apply to tickets for "sports, amusements, concerts or other facility offering services to the general public."

The bill is currently being reviewed in several Senate committees. If passed, it would go into effect in July.