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No isle laws address ticket scalping, but buyer beware

By Dave Segal

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 02, 2014

~~<p><strong>QUESTION: </strong>Is ticket scalping legal in Hawaii, and does it vary depending on the event, such as boxing, the Pro Bowl, a University of Hawaii event or a concert?</p>
<p><strong>ANSWER:</strong> Section 440-17 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, which deals with boxing matches, specifically states that no boxing ticket shall be sold for more than its face value. There are no other specific laws dealing with ticket scalping under Hawaii laws. Hawaii used to have a law covering ticket scalping as charging &quot;for more than the price printed on the ticket or charged at the place of admission.&quot; Hawaii repealed that law more than 15 years ago because lawmakers felt that ticket scalping was adequately covered by laws governing theft.</p>
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Lt. John McCarthy<br />
&gt;&gt; <strong>Position: </strong>Head of financial crimes detail, part of the Criminal Investigation Division, Honolulu Police Department <br />
&gt;&gt; <strong>Experience: </strong>37 years with HPD <br />
&gt;&gt; Honors: HPD lieutenant of the year, 2013 <br />
&gt;&gt; <strong>Website:</strong> www.honolulupd.org <br />
&gt;&gt; <strong>Phone: </strong>Criminal investigation division, 723-3609</td>
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QUESTION: Is ticket scalping legal in Hawaii, and does it vary depending on the event, such as boxing, the Pro Bowl, a University of Hawaii event or a concert?

ANSWER: Section 440-17 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, which deals with boxing matches, specifically states that no boxing ticket shall be sold for more than its face value. There are no other specific laws dealing with ticket scalping under Hawaii laws. Hawaii used to have a law covering ticket scalping as charging "for more than the price printed on the ticket or charged at the place of admission." Hawaii repealed that law more than 15 years ago because lawmakers felt that ticket scalping was adequately covered by laws governing theft. PROFILE Lt. John McCarthy >> Position: Head of financial crimes detail, part of the Criminal Investigation Division, Honolulu Police Department >> Experience: 37 years with HPD >> Honors: HPD lieutenant of the year, 2013 >> Website: www.honolulupd.org >> Phone: Criminal investigation division, 723-3609 Login for more...



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