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Alleged scalper arrested outside MTS Centre before Winnipeg Jets game

A 51-year-old man was issued a ticket for selling a Winnipeg Jets ticket for more than face value on Wednesday. Scalping is illegal in Manitoba. Lauren McNabb / Global News

WINNIPEG — The lure of making money off of the Jets playoff push has landed a Winnipeg man in serious trouble.

Police issued a ticket to a 51-year-old man before Wednesday’s Jets game after he sold a $344.50 ticket for $600 to an undercover police officer.

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“I don’t want to get into specifics about tactics used,” said Const. Rob Carver, of the Winnipeg Police Service.

Selling a ticket becomes illegal when the price charged is above the face value, Carver said.

“It’s not that common and it’s not something we devote huge resources to.”

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This was a sought-after ticket and the game was an opportunity for police to do some enforcement and send a message, Carver said.

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The man was issued a provincial offence notice, similar to a traffic ticket, under the Amusement Act. A judge will determine his fine — the maximum is $5,000.

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