Two Charged in Sony Open Ticket Scheme

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    A general view of the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 24, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida.

    Two South Florida men are facing charges for allegedly using their jobs with a company involved in the Sony Open Tennis tournament to order and sell extra tickets to the event so they could pocket the profits. 

    The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida announced Thursday that Mikel Mims, of Miami Gardens, and former Miami resident Simon Habbershaw have been charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wirefraud for their role in a ticket-selling scheme authorities say lasted several years. Mims was arrested and set to appear in court Thursday. Authorities are still searching for Habbershaw.

    Both men worked for IMG Worldwide, a company that helps distribute tickets to the Key Biscayne tournament, authorities said. They are accused of giving the printing vendor an inflated number for ticket purchases, then turning around and selling those extra tickets to customers and using the money for themselves and others, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

    Prosecutors said the scheme lasted from 2008 to 2013. An indictment against the two men seeks forfeiture of $407,409.

    It was not immediately known if Mims had an attorney. A spokesperson for IMG Worldwide was not immediately available for comment.