Anthony Berson of Hawaii's Big Island has been arrested in the alleged hoax.
Police said the 19-year-old posted a Craigslist ad claiming he had tickets for sale. People wired money but never received their passes or wrist bands.
Detectives and state officials conducted a sting operation posing as a buyer. Officials said when Berson went to a Hilo Western Union office this week to pick up $900 using the control number from the sting operation, he was arrested.
Berson was released without bail.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.