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Fair workers busted on ticket sales scam

Posted October 21, 2008

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— Raleigh police charged two people working a ticket booth at the N.C. State Fair with embezzlement Monday.

Travis Baker Rhodes, 87, of 1704 Lorimer Road in Raleigh, and Olivia Lee Jordan, 55, of 2305 Lockwood Folly Lane in Raleigh, were both temporary state employees, working an admission booth for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees the fair.

Fair spokesman Brian Long described a scam in which one person sold the tickets and the second person palmed them when visitors entered the gates. The tickets were then returned to be sold again, yielding almost $1,000 for the two since last Thursday.


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  • TStills Oct 22, 2008

    How much you want to bet they blew nearly all of their score on funnel cakes, corn dogs and fried twinkies? That $ never left the fairgrounds.

  • LaLa-Land Oct 21, 2008

    This is very a sad story. I wonder which of the two came up with the crime.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 21, 2008

    First impression... I would say a computerized ticket system, with barcode readers, would minimize the possibility of this happening.

    But then I took a step back and looked at it logically. How often does this type of ticket crime happen at the Fair? How much do they lose when it happens? Over a 10 year period, how much money is lost? Then... how much would it cost to install a new computerized ticket system, at every gate, that would have to be replaced in 10 years? In this case, it doesn't make sense to defeat the problem. The fix would cost more than the problem!

  • avidreader Oct 21, 2008

    Guess it's Bush's fault - isn't everything else?

  • Its me again Oct 21, 2008

    Obama would praise them after all they are just speading the weath.

  • Americanpatriot Oct 21, 2008

    how sad and i was planning on going, but not now.

  • sparklenhereye Oct 21, 2008

    Makes you wonder exactly how long they have been doing this and getting away with it.

  • tsquaring Oct 21, 2008

    Grand Theft?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 21, 2008

    The real theft that's happening at the State Fair in the high prices for ride tickets and then the number of ride tickets required to ride the rides.

  • OSX Oct 21, 2008

    "So sad to see elderly resorting to crime to get by!!! There has got to be a better way!"

    Maybe this guy is worth Millions. If so, we know how he got it.