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Three State Fair workers accused of reselling stolen tickets

Posted October 21, 2014 6:14 p.m. EDT

— 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."