Hawaii police seeking Coachella scam victims

Craiglist scam to sell Coachella tickets

POSTED: 01:36 PM PDT Apr 20, 2012 
INDIO, Calif. -

Hawaii County police are looking for people who may have been victimized in an alleged internet scam involving tickets for a sold-out California music festival.

Anthony Derick Berson of the Big Island is charged with theft and other crimes.

Police say the 19-year-old allegedly posted on Craigslist that he had tickets to sell for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Victims wired money but never received the promised festival passes and wrist bands.

Detectives and state officials conducted a sting operation posing as a buyer. Police say when Berson went to a Hilo Western Union office this week to pick up $900 using the control number from the sting operation, he was arrested.

Berson was released without bail and could not be reached for comment Friday.