After receiving a call from a victim who became suspicious about the authenticity of his purchased tickets on the app Letgo, 1st Precinct crime section officers conducted an undercover operation.
The officers arranged to meet the seller, Brandon Lesser, in the parking lot of Ragazzi Italian Kitchen and Bar, located at 2950 Middle Country Road in Nesconset, to purchase two Billy Joel concert tickets for $350. Lesser allegedly sold the undercover officer the same tickets — floor section D, Row 2, seats 5 and 6 — for the July 28 show at Madison Square Garden that he sold to the victim who initially contacted the police. Police arrested Lesser and transported him to the 1st Precinct.
Lesser, 24, of Centereach, was charged with two counts of second-degree petit larceny and scheme to defraud.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1st District Court in Central Islip July 31.
Police are asking anyone who might have been a victim of this scam to contact 1st Precinct crime section officers at 631-854-8126.