Three Arrested At Shea With Forged Credentials And Passes
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by New York City police officials and representatives of Major League Baseball, announced that three Rhode Island men were arrested Oct. 24th at Shea Stadium on charges of possessing forged Major League Baseball credentials and illegally entering the stadium during that night’s World Series game. Dozens of forged World Series and other access passes were seized.
Brown identified the defendants as Steven Medeiros, 31, Jesse Colton Pepper, 17, and Joseph Reisinger, Jr., 37, all of Providence, Rhode Island. They are charged with numerous counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree, forgery in the third degree, trademark counterfeiting in the third degree and criminal trespass in the third degree. They face up to seven years in prison upon conviction.
Brown said, "Not only did these defendants have in their possession dozens of counterfeit all-access credentials that allowed the bearer entry in Shea Stadium to watch the series but those credentials also allowed anyone who had them to get into many otherwise secured areas within the stadium. It appears that the defendants had a thriving business that ripped off not only Major League Baseball, but the operators of other major sporting events and concerts, events such as golf’s Ryder Cup, World Wrestling Federation matches, Stanley Cup hockey games and Billy Joel, Kiss and Crosby Stills Nash and Young concerts. These defendants would apparently move from sporting event to sporting event, from concert to concert, peddling their phony credentials to unsuspecting fans and in the process generating for themselves substantial cash income."
Brown said that Medeiros was arrested by a team of detectives and two investigators for Major League Baseball after he offered them the use of phony credentials to enter the stadium for $100 per person and escorted them into the mezzanine area of the stadium.
"During the processing of that arrest," Brown, said, "an alert detective assigned to the Organized Crime Investigation Division observed a man, who turned out to be Pepper, in possession of a pass bearing the same number as that of Medeiros. After a short investigation the defendant was placed under arrest along with the third defendant, Reisinger and a 2000 Mercury automobile, in which dozens of other counterfeit credentials were found, was seized."
It is to be noted that a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.