NY man accused of selling fake CMA Awards tickets on Craigslist

(Mug: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A New York man was arrested in Nashville on Wednesday and accused of selling fake CMA Awards tickets on Craigslist.

Metro police say Andrew Arvia, 22, met one victim at a West End Avenue coffee shop on Tuesday and was paid a total of $600 for two tickets.

The victim became suspicious and took the tickets to the Bridgestone Arena box office where he learned they were fake.

The seat numbers listed on the tickets don’t even exist.

According to a press release, the victim called authorities. He then called Arvia and requested to buy more tickets at the same meeting place.

Arvia was then taken into custody. Police say he was carrying six more fake tickets at the time.

He is charged with felony theft and felony criminal simulation. His bond is set at $20,000.

Persons wanting to attend tonight’s show are urged to be extremely cautious when dealing with a ticket seller they do not know. Shows like the CMA Awards often attract criminals trying to sell counterfeit tickets.