Family Sentenced to Prison for Theme Park Tickets Fraud

Four family members have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution for fraudulently buying and then reselling theme park tickets.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando reported in a news release Friday that Eileen Hightower, her two children and a niece were ordered to pay more than $107,000 in restitution.

Hightower was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison. Her children, Samuel Velasquez Jr. and Sabrina Velasquez, were sentenced to three years in prison, as was her niece, Jennifer Cancel.

Federal authorities say the family members used counterfeit driver's licenses and counterfeit credit cards to buy theme park tickets at hotel kiosks throughout the Orlando area. They then would sell the tickets to ticket resellers.

The credit card account numbers belonged to real cardholders.

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