Ticket fraudster at Macheso show
12 February 2018
A MBARE man was on Friday night arrested after he was caught selling fake tickets at Alick Macheso’s show at Club Las Vegas.
The man, who identified himself as Rodrick Mutukuta, said he is into this business when he was being questioned by the police.
He ran out of luck when one of the fake tickets was identified at the gate and the fan led the security to where he was operating from.
He was ‘waylaying’ people before the entrance pretending to be a member of Orchestra Mberikwazvo.
Mutukuta said he came to the show earlier and bought one ticket which they went to duplicate in Mbare.
The police recovered 47 tickets though he had already sold some at $5.
H-Metro spoke to Mutukuta before he was taken to Southerton Police Station and he confessed that they target big shows and make a lot of money.
“I came here earlier and bought one ticket and went back to Mbare where they are printed. I am just a runner, I can lead you to the person who is behind all this,” he said.
He said they have been into this business for some time targeting musicians like Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah, album launches or international shows which usually attract huge crowds.
He said their fake tickets are difficult to notice, “One person goes to the show to buy a ticket which is then scanned to produce many copies.
“People like me are then just given tickets to go and sell on a commission basis, they are not easy to identify” he said.
Macheso’s public relations and communications manager Tich Makahamadze said they have encountered a number of situations when sold tickets fail to reflect the crowd in the venue.
“We don’t know the number of tickets he sold before he was caught; this is when you see the number of sold tickets failing to reflect what is in the venue. You then start asking yourself a number of questions,” he said.
The development also confirms a number of cases when promoters claim to have failed to break even despite venues being packed.
A number of promoters might be losing a lot of takings to such people and need to work on a system which can identify fake tickets.
Though some of the promoters, like 2 Kings Entertainment, scan tickets before producing a tag to the customer, Mutukuta also said they can reproduce tags as well.
This goes back to story of 2014 when Chipaz Promotions and Devine Assignments brought Busy Signal who went on to fill Glamis Arena but the promoters reportedly counted losses.
Another show that comes to mind is the Akon-Sean Paul Concert at the National Sports Stadium which was powered by the late Prince Tendai.
The stadium was packed but the fellow from Hurungwe ran a ‘big lose’ which unconfirmed reports say contributed to his death, due to stress.
Prince Tendai’s unfortunate encounter at the country’s giant stadium also included bouncers who printed other tickets, it is said.