ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 29: Fans watch a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on August 29, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Less than a week after a Rhode Island man was arrested and charged with conning an acquaintance out of more than $7,000 with promises of Dallas Cowboys season tickets, the details of another, similar case are beginning emerge.
WFAA Channel 8 has reported that Frank Leahy and Mike Wenzel drove to last week's game against the 49ers from Fort Hood. Leahy, who returned recently from a second tour of duty in Iraq, acquired the tickets through Craigslist.com.
"He wanted face value for them,” Leahy said to WFAA. “Just figured he was some guy who couldn't make it to the game. So, he agreed to meet us at the Wal-Mart in Irving."
According to Leahy, the e-tickets presented him looked credible, and scanned at the turnstiles at Cowboys Stadium. But when they came to their seats, they found another two people occupying them--with the exact same tickets. As it turns out, the man on craigslist had sold the seats to up to eight different people. When the eight became aware of the situation and alerted stadium officials, they were forced to leave.
"I was really, really, really upset,” Leahy continued. “I was really let down by a team I've supported my whole entire life."
A Cowboys spokesman told WFAA that the team suggests always buying tickets from the reputable source, while acknowledging that it was an unfortunate situation. However, he said that the team was not at fault in this case.