The Duke-UNC rivalry is a stellar part of Triangle culture, one that authorities charged is big enough to bring a man from New York City to sell phony tickets to Saturday's end-of-season basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Dana Baron White, 21, was arrested at North Hills Mall on Monday morning with what an arrest warrant obtained by the Secretary of State’s office said were 21 counterfeit tickets that had been advertised at $300 each.
Tuesday, game tickets being offered on various websites ranged from $925 to more than $2,500 each.
Agents moved in after White met with an undercover Carrboro police officer who had contacted him for tickets offered in a Craigslist ad.
The Secretary of State is charged with enforcing trademark laws.
White, whose address was listed as 1248 Clay Ave. in the Bronx in New York City, was charged with having counterfeited goods intended for sale and worth more than $3,000, a felony. He also was charged with trying to obtain property by false pretenses for meeting with the undercover cop, also a felony.
The arrest warrants said White had worked with someone else to advertise the tickets.
A magistrate set his bail at $50,000, and he was held for a Tuesday court appearance.
“Major sports events like the ACC and NCAA basketball tournaments create a demand for tickets and counterfeiters will capitalize on that,” Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall said Tuesday. “Don’t let crooks exploit your enthusiasm. Counterfeiters follow the demand, so be very skeptical when you see tickets being sold on venues like Craigslist.”