COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — On the hunt for fake Cowboys-Bears Monday Night Football tickets, Chicago Bears security agents took to the Internet and snared a scammer this week, authorities said.
"Oh, Monday Night Football," Judge James Brown said in an amused tone Tuesday when David Thomas, 27, briefly appeared before him in court.
Bears security agents allegedly caught Thomas selling four fake tickets on Craigslist to Monday's game at Soldier Field, prosecutors said.
The agents arranged to meet with Thomas and buy the tickets, Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said.
Shortly before noon on Monday, Thomas handed over the four fakes in exchange for $720, according to a police report. After the sale, the buyer told Thomas he was an officer with the State Police and Thomas was arrested, the report said.
Thomas, of the 6200 block of South Martin Luther King Drive, was charged with felony forgery, according to court records. He has multiple arrests and convictions for ticket scalping and a 2007 conviction for armed robbery.
Brown set his bail at $30,000 and ordered that Thomas be put on electronic monitoring.
A Bears official did not immediately comment on the case or the team's efforts to thwart the sale of fake tickets.