A group of “Wiseguys” beat the CAPTCHA challenge in order to move closer to the front of virtual ticket lines. And they are now facing the standard federal prison sentence pile-on.
These four guys purchased quality tickets to events (such as Springsteen concerts, New York Yankees games, etc.) and resold them, earning $28.9 million along the way.
As I see it, what they did was no different, in an ethical sense, from the host of scams used to cut in line at a real ticket window (“I had to step out of line to give my brother my cell phone.”). And the involvement of wire does nothing to change that.
More sophisticated for certain. And really rude. But is it worthy of decades in federal prison?