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Police: Man tried to sell fake Bengals playoff tickets to undercover cops

Mario Riep (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Mario Riep (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Authorities weren't kidding around when they vowed earlier this week to crack down on people selling counterfeit tickets to Saturday's sold-out Bengals/Steelers playoff game.

A 36-year-old West Chester man was arrested Tuesday and charged with trying to do just that - but his customers turned out to be undercover cops.

Mario Riep is held at the Hamilton County jail on two counts of trademark counterfeiting. 

His bond was set at 10 percent of $200,000, or $20,000, when he made a brief court appearance Wednesday morning.

According to court records, Riep advertised to sell "Bengal" game day tickets via the internet on Craigslist. 

"(Riep) made arrangements to meet with undercover police officers to sell two tickets for $500 for the game on (Saturday) the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers," Cincinnati police wrote in a criminal complaint.

Commanders from Cincinnati police and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office are scheduled to address the media about fake ticket concerns and security issues related to Saturday's game.

FOX19 NOW will cover the 10:50 a.m. event and update this story on air and online.

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