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Victims Sought in Disneyland Ticket Scam on Craigslist

Terance Ray Hutchinson pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling counterfeit tickets to the Anaheim amusement park and now detectives are searching for at least 50 others who may have fallen victim to his Craigslist scam.

Detectives said today they are hoping to track down additional victims of a man who pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit Disneyland tickets on Craigslist.

Terance Ray Hutchinson, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday to counterfeiting a registered Disneyland mark in a plea deal which calls for two additional counts to be dismissed when he returns for sentencing on Sept. 21, according to Jane Robison of the District Attorney's Office.

Hutchinson placed Craigslist ads offering Disneyland "park hopper" tickets for sale at reduced prices. When buyers arrived at the amusement park, they were told that the tickets were copies and denied entry, said Sgt. Mike Austin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Carson Station.

One victim called Hutchinson to ask for more tickets, planning to confront him and demand a refund. Detectives set up surveillance for that Sunday meeting, and Hutchinson was arrested.

Disneyland officials have told detectives that "approximately 50 of these same exact tickets" were presented at the park's box office, so more victims have yet to be identified, Austin said.

Hutchinson used his own name and phone number when he bought the original tickets and placed the Craigslist ad, according to Austin.

"He wasn't the smartest," the sergeant said.

Gardena police previously arrested Hutchinson on June 8 but released him three days later, "uncertain what they had," Austin said.

Hutchinson is expected to be sentenced to time served, 30 days of community service and ordered to make restitution to his victims, Robison said.

Anyone with information about the scam or similar incidents was asked to call Austin at (310) 830-1123.

Tim Regello January 04, 2013 at 06:27 PM
I purchased 5 Disneyland 1 day hopper tickets from a "Kayla Santiago" in Escondido, CA on December 21, 2012 after replying to her Craigslist ad. I was ripped off because I did not realize the tickets were not activated and in hindsight may have been stolen from a store or other location. I also found out afterward that "Kayla" did live in the apartment complex where I met her and she has obviously not replied to my email when I resent to kaylathecrew@gmail.com. Lesson learned is confirm where the person lives, ask for ID and get a receipt for the tickets.
Kim January 17, 2013 at 05:18 PM
I was trying to save some money by buying tickets for Disneyland on Craigslist. I put an ad up saying that I wanted to buy some tickets for 2 day hopper passes. A girl by the name “Leah” got back to me by text and asked if I wanted the tickets. I said how much? she said $100 per ticker I said okay. She used an untraceable Pinger number so I couldn’t track it. We met at Wal-Mart. She pulled out a PayPal receipt and assured me everything was real. She claimed to work at the company listed on the PayPal receipt. Since the receipt had names and emails on it . She handed me 8 cards that were believed to be Valid 1 day hopper passes. She gave me 8 because she said her boss only had single days left (she said). So I said okay. I handed her over $400 and we parted ways. They stated they were stolen from Von’s and worthless. We had to put over $900 on a credit card to take our kids into the park, I was devastated. I found her info by just Googling “Ticket scams on craigslist” and her mug shot came up with 3 different news headlines. Her REAL name is Jacquelyn Carman, she is from Santee/east county area. I couldn’t believe that this woman has made a career out of stealing innocent people’s money and literally just crushing little kid’s hearts when they get turned away from Disneyland. I spoke with a couple different detectives And police officers about my situation this woman. She has scammed so many people be advised!!!

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