Friday, June 25, 2010

Fans arrested over forged AKB48 tickets

Two fans of all-girl pop group AKB48 have been arrested for allegedly distributing forged tickets allowing fans to meet group members at an event, police said.
The Metropolitan Police Department's (MPD) juvenile crime division announced on June 22 that they arrested Kunihiko Oi, a 25-year-old unemployed Tokyo resident, and a 17-year-old high school boy in the Saitama Prefecture city of Kawaguchi on suspicion of distributing counterfeit tickets. Oi, an avid AKB fan, has reportedly admitted that he also fabricated the tickets, and the MPD is working to build a case against him on that charge.

Oi stands accused of handing the boy 15 bogus "handshake tickets," valid at AKB's CD release event at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, on a street in Shibuya Ward on Nov. 10, 2009. The boy is believed to have given the 15 fake tickets he received to a 19-year-old unemployed boy from Osaka later in the day.
"I was not satisfied with how fans were treated at AKB's concert in Paris. I wanted to harass the event staff," Oi was quoted as telling investigators.
According to the MPD, Oi and the high school boy are fellow fans. In March, a staff member at an event held in Tokyo reportedly found the boy possessing another fake ticket. (Manichi)

You know how bored I am when I start reporting about AKB48. (o^o)

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