Ticket Agents' Union Local F-72 president Frank Greenwald was one of sixteen individuals indicted July 24 in an alleged ticket scalping ring by Manhattan Dist. Atty. Robert Morgenthau and N.Y. Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer. The alleged conspiracy, composed of ticket brokers and Mets and Yankees box-office employees, scalped tickets with a face value of over $300,000 in 2000 alone.
Reportedly, the box-office employees took bribes from the brokers in return for handing over thousands of prime baseball tickets, including seats to the 1999 World Series. The brokers would resell the tickets or funnel them to street scalpers at large markups. A disgruntled fan tipped off officials after he recognized a guy selling tickets behind a box-office window as the same guy who had previously scalped a ticket to him outside the stadium.
Greenwald's brother Richard, a union member, was also indicted. Both worked in the Yankees box-office. The 15-month probe resulted in charges ranging from misdemeanor bribing to second-degree grand larceny. [N.Y. Post 7/25/00]