MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee-area ticket broker can’t deliver the tickets, but has no problem cashing checks! One Green Bay Packers fan is out of luck for Thursday’s Packers vs. Bears game at Lambeau Field!
In Wisconsin, Thursday’s big game is one of the most important of the year. Even more so for Bears fans living in Wisconsin — like Aaron Groth. He bought two tickets to watch the game from Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
“That’s what I was looking forward to — seeing my team live and watching them stomp the Packers!” Groth said.
Instead, this Bears fan got sacked by a guy named Skip.
“Casually mentioned he’s a ticket broker. Contacted me in a couple days and said ‘if you want tickets to the Bears-Packers game let me know. I can get you great seats for a decent price.’ Then a day later he called and said he had a big order and needed some money to help cover, so I transferred him $370, and then I haven’t heard from him since,” Groth said.
Some Wisconsin sports fans know him as “Skip,” but his real name is Mark Pemper. His company is Deluxe Tickets, and FOX6’s Contact 6 has received complaints about Pemper and his company in the past. Last year, another fan almost lost out. That fan got his money back, but this time, “Skip” was a little too busy to talk to Contact 6.
Pemper is facing charges of theft and false representation. A criminal complaint accuses him of taking $3,900 from a Brewers fan for tickets to 20 games and a parking pass he never delivered — similar to the four others Contact 6 has received since airing the story on Pemper and Deluxe Tickets last year.
Pempers website has since been shut down and his company has a “D” rating with the Better Business Bureau.
“Should have done my homework. I’ve obviously done research since then. He doesn’t pay the government either,” Groth said.
“I don’t expect to get money back or tickets knowing what I know now about him, but if one person sees this and can save their money, then I’m okay,” Groth said.
CLICK HERE to file a complaint with FOX6’s Contact 6.