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Three State Fair workers accused of reselling stolen tickets

Posted October 21, 2014

— Three ride operators at the North Carolina State Fair have been arrested on charges that they allegedly stole ride tickets and then resold them to fairgoers hoping to save money.

Jorge Augusto Perez-Martinez, 20, Irineao Carcia Rosas, 26, and Angel Aguilar Linos, 28, were each arrested on charges of obtaining property by false pretenses and larceny by an employee.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Tuesday that the three were taken into custody after investigators received a tip that a few people were selling discounted ride tickets and that it seemed unusual.

Undercover officers caught the ride operators with hundreds of used tickets, Harrison said.

Andrea Ashby, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina State Fair, said the fair makes no money from ride sales and that any alleged embezzlement affects the fair vendors.

"Overall, everybody that works with us, that travels with us or is even here on a temporary basis, they're really good people," said March Janas, public relations director for Powers Great American Midways. "Once in a while, you get a bad apple, and we try to weed them out immediately."


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  • lazerdoc Oct 22, 2014

    Does anyone hire Americans anymore?

  • euimport1 Oct 22, 2014

    they were just providing a valuable service to our country. that's why there here. let's just give them the country so that they won't have to take it.

  • hereshowiseeit Oct 22, 2014

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    I think ctkane is referring to the operator of the Vortex ride last year. It is not one of these men and no, that operator is not working at the fair this year. He's still facing legal action due to last year's incident. I think the referral was more pertaining to the "bad apple" remark.

  • ohbumr Oct 22, 2014

    poor guys, they just need to be granted amnesty so they can get on an entitlement program and not have to sort to this kind of nonsense.

  • raleighboy524 Oct 22, 2014

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    Which one? And he's back working with the company?!!

  • Brian Jenkins Oct 22, 2014

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    If not, then Powers Great American Midways is illegal too. Why do you only attack the persn with the funny name and not the company that hired them?

  • bmac813 Oct 22, 2014

    Are they Legal????

  • ctkane Oct 22, 2014

    Last year, one of these bad apples nearly killed folks on that ride

  • un4given1 Oct 21, 2014

    These tickets are for sale and craigs list