Three people charged with fraud in connection with ticket scheme

 Lethbridge Regional Police have charged three southern Alberta residents in connection with a fraudulent ticket scheme.

 Investigation by members of the Economic Crimes Unit determined that a ticket brokerage company called Seat Crave Ltd. was established by a 58-year-old Stirling woman in the spring of 2013. The woman, along with a 62-year-old Stirling man and 45-year-old Lethbridge man, solicited individuals to either invest in the business or become clients by purchasing event tickets.

 In most cases clients who purchased tickets either didn’t receive them or received fake tickets and most investors did not receive any return on their investment.

 The investigation determined that between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013 more than a dozen victims were defrauded a total of $250,000.

 Donna Pearl Stinn Friesen, 58, of Stirling is charged with nine counts of false pretense over $5,000, four counts of false pretense – worthless cheque, two counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of fraud under $5,000. Stinn Friesen is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 28.

 Lyle Henry Friesen, 62, of Stirling, is charged with one count each of false pretense – worthless cheque and fraud over $5,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 14.

 Anthony Pittarelli, 45, of Lethbridge is charged with one count each of fraud over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000. Pittarelli appeared in court today and is scheduled to make his next appearance Nov. 13.

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For media inquiries contact

 Cst. Mike Williamson
Economic Crimes Unit
Lethbridge Regional Police Service
403-330-5092