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Virginia Tech Police investigation leads to arrest in counterfeit football tickets case

vatechThe Virginia Tech Police Department confirms the arrest of a suspect accused of selling counterfeit tickets outside Lane Stadium at the Sept. 7, 2015, football game against Ohio State.

Two arrest warrants in violation of Virginia Code 18.2.178, Obtaining Money by False Pretense, were obtained for Richard “Reds” McNeal of Baltimore, Maryland.

McNeal was identified as a suspect in this case after an investigation by detectives of the Virginia Tech Police Department. Additional investigation determined McNeal resided in the Alexandria, Virginia, area.

Earlier today, McNeal turned himself into the Alexandria Police. He was served with the warrants and taken into custody without incident.

Each count, which is a felony under Virginia law, carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000.

“These types of investigations are challenging in many respects,” said Virginia Tech Police Chief Kevin Foust. “In cases involving the sale of counterfeit tickets to an athletic event, usually there is a period of time between the sale and when the ticket is determined to be counterfeit. By that time, the suspect is usually long gone and difficult to find and identify.”

The Virginia Tech Police Department and Department of Athletics remind fans to only purchase tickets to athletic events on campus from official ticket sales outlets.