Cleveland man to serve a year in jail for Cedar Point ticket scam

Posted Monday, August 4, 2008 11:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A 59-year-old Cleveland man was sentenced Friday to a year in prison for using his daughter to scam more than $1,000 in a fake Cedar Point ticket scheme. James Tanner had his daughter play the role of the adorable daughter trying to help the disabled. She went from one customer to another in bars offering Cedar Point tickets for a donation to a charity. Some gave large amounts of cash and got worthless coupons.

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Monday, August 4, 2008 2:02 PM
I don't know if you could call the daughter a pawn in this, if the two of them have been scamming people for years in at least 3 different states.

I'd like to think I'd be a bit more skeptical, particularly if I were a bar owner and a 13 year old was soliciting my customers. But I guess many people don't want to question a kid collecting for charity.

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Monday, August 4, 2008 2:10 PM
When i bowled on Leagues a few years ago, there were always kids walking through the lounges/bars selling candy, and junk for schools.
We never questioned anything about it, except for drinking beer and eating chocolate at the same time...
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008 3:06 AM
That's pretty sad. I hope the guy gets locked up for a long time! It IS kind of hard to say "no" to any kid collecting money in the name of charity.

We get a lot of that at work. I work in printing and have donated a lot of copy work to various charities, especially if it benefits animals and kids which is fine. We do get kids soliciting for actual cash from time to time. I don't think I ever got scammed but who knows nowadays. ;)

-Tina*** This post was edited by coasterqueenTRN 8/5/2008 3:09:08 AM ***

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008 9:00 AM
You would think that using a child in a crime would cause the punishment to be worse than one year. I see it as a form of child abuse, he's given her a skewed view of what is right and wrong.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008 9:21 AM
Ok i had to make an account just to share my story about this girl. I live in the Cleveland Area. I was getting my haircut when this girl walks in. She claimed that her dad was a manager at Cedar Point and she was selling season passes, 4 for 60 dollars and 2 for 40 dollars. She had everything all set up perfectly. A big binder filled with info and tons and tons of peoples names who had been scammed. I didnt have enough money so I said no and so did the person cutting my hair. I later saw this on the news about 2 months ago thinking wow I was almost scammed.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008 11:57 PM
Wow. Someone actually got some time for stealing. Go figure. Probably wouldn't have gotten much time at all if he had not involved his child in it. Someone said "I doubt she was a pawn". I agree somewhat. She knew it was wrong. But probably would have never done something like this if her so called "parent" hadn't pushed her in to it.
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