Ohioan enters guilty plea in Super Bowl counterfeiting scheme

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - An Ohio man caught with 232 phony Super Bowl tickets at the U.S.-Canadian border pleaded guilty Wednesday to trafficking in counterfeit goods.
Charles Ware, 44, of Cleveland, was arrested at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge two days before the Jan. 26 Super Bowl.
Federal prosecutors said Ware had been scheduled to fly under an assumed name to San Diego, where the game was played, later that afternoon to sell the tickets.
Each ticket had a face value of $400.
Ware and a second suspect, Jermaine McGowan, of Euclid, Ohio, were attempting to enter the United States when they were referred for a secondary inspection. In addition to the fake tickets, U.S. customs officers found one original Super Bowl ticket that could have been the source for the counterfeit ones, authorities said.
Ware ran from officers and later was captured by state troopers on nearby Grand Island.
He could be given a prison term of as much as 10 years and a fine of $2 million when he is sentenced Oct. 30.
The case against McGowan is pending.
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