The Food and Economic Security Authority (ASAE) has arrested 10 people caught in the act for illegally selling tickets online for U2 concerts in Portugal, and has seized 26 tickets, said the official in a statement.
According to the ASAE, the 10 people were arrested in several parts of the country, for the crime of speculation on the value of official sale of tickets for the concerts.
“Through its National Information and Criminal Investigation Unit, the Food and Economic Security Authority (ASAE) has been developing, since February, an online ticket monitoring action aimed at combating speculation, through various Internet advertising sites for the concerts of Irish band U2, which will come to Portugal next September, “the ASAE statement said.
The authority added that 26 tickets “with face unit values ranging from € 37 to € 200 were seized, ranging from € 150 to € 400, allowing sellers to obtain profit percentages above 200%”.
According to the statement, the defendants were already present before the court.
The ASAE also warns consumers to avoid buying tickets “above their official value, since this sale constitutes a Crime of Speculation, punishable with imprisonment for up to three years.”