October 9, 2015

Ticket fraud alert for Taylor Swift Omaha concert

The biggest show in the country is at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center Friday and Saturday but some may be left in the lobby without a seat. Kristi Andersen is the director of communications for the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority and says Taylor Swift tickets are in high demand and unfortunately there are a lot of ticket scams out there right now.

Andersen says there have been a number of Taylor Swift ticket scams across the country. She says, “A situation has come to our attention that there may be some fraudulently printed tickets on our ticket stock. We are having local police investigate.” Those tickets include the CenturyLink Center Omaha logo.

Anderson says they encourage people to buy tickets from an authorized source only. In Omaha, that would be at the CenturyLink Center box office, Ticketmaster and Ticketmaster retail outlets. She says those are the only outlet sources they can verify as legitimate.

Those who purchased tickets from a third party source should check their tickets. If you have lower bowl tickets, 100 level seats, to one of this weekend’s shows you are advised to contact the CenturyLink Center to have them verified.

Andersen says if tickets do not scan the night of the show, concert-goers will be escorted to the box office. She says they will try to explain the situation and help you the best way they can. Andersen says, “If we have other tickets we can sell you to get you into the show we will do that. The hard part with this show is it is sold out for both Friday and Saturday night so we not may have a lot that we can do.”

Please contact info@omahameca.com or come to the box office located inside the venue at 455 N. 10th Street in Omaha. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and later on event days.

U.S. Marshals: dangerous fugitive might be at large in Nebraska

David L. Erickson/Photo courtesy of U.S. Marshal Service

David L. Erickson/Photo courtesy of U.S. Marshal Service

A dangerous fugitive might be loose in Nebraska.

The U.S. Marshal Service is asking for help in locating 29-year-old David Erickson, wanted for violating federal supervised release.

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Will Iverson says Erickson could be in the Lincoln area.

“We have information that he is armed and dangerous and still in the Lincoln area and we have been authorized to offer up to $1,000 for assistance in locating him and arresting him,” Iverson tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.

Iverson advises anyone who believes they have seen Erickson not to approach him, but to call 911.

Erickson is described as a while or white Hispanic male; 5-foot, 9, 150 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair.

Former Husker Fryar sentenced for mortgage fraud

Former Nebraska Husker wide receiver Irving Fryar has been sentenced to five years in prison for a mortgage scheme in which he and his mother provided false information to obtain loans.

Fryar’s mother, 74-year-old Allene McGhaee, has been sentenced to three years’ probation.

Both were convicted in August of using the same property as collateral on a number of mortgage loan applications.

According to prosecutors, Fryar and McGhee falsified their wages on the applications, at one point making the claim that McGhee earned thousands of dollars a month as the event coordinator for the church Fryar pastors. Prosecutors says the two made only token payments on four of the loans. The banks wrote off the loans as losses.

Fryar had claimed he was a victim of a con artist who devised the scheme. Williams Barkdale pleaded guilty last year to a conspiracy charge and was sentenced to 20 months in prison. He became the key witness in Fryar’s trial.

Fryar, who is 53, was the first pick in the 1984 NFL draft, selected by the New England Patriots. He also played for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins.

Fryar is the pastor of a church he founded.

Two new homicide cases under investigation in Omaha

Crime Scene TapeOmaha police are investigating two separate weekend deaths.

Acting on a tip, police officers found the body of a woman on Friday night inside a home. She’s identified as 31-year-old Teresa Longo.

Reports say Longo’s body was found in the same house where Delbert Freemont was strangled to death in December of 2013.

Police say Longo’s death is being treated as a homicide.

On Saturday, the body of 54-year-old Roy Jennings was found in the basement of another house. Jennings’ death is also being treated as a homicide.

It’s not clear how either person died. Police have not said the deaths are related. No arrests have been made.


Scammers are posing as FBI employees

If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the FBI and they offer you a grant, don’t fall for it. Sandy Breault is the public affairs specialist for the Omaha Division of the FBI and says this is a scam.

Residents in the metro area have been getting calls from someone claiming to be an FBI employee and the number on the caller ID shows the Omaha Division phone number. Breault says the caller advises the person they are eligible for a Federal Government grant and then ask for banking information or a credit card number to pay for a processing fee. Some are told they have to wire the money using Western Union.

Breault says the FBI is not associated with grants to individuals and organizations and everyone must take steps to protect themselves from falling victim to any scam.

Those tips include taking the time to educate yourself about any offer you receive and don’t be pushed into making a hasty decision. Never provide financial information over the phone to unfamiliar companies or agencies. Breault says remember it is illegal for telemarketers to ask for a fee up front.

If you have information about a fraud, report it to a state, local or federal law enforcement agency.