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Hermosa woman convicted in Lady Gaga tix scam

A Hermosa woman was convicted Tuesday of selling at least 47 counterfeit Lady Gaga concert tickets.

March 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Hermosa Beach woman pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges of grand theft for counterfeiting Lady Gaga concert tickets and selling them to 47 suspects.

Hermosa Beach Police were contacted in August 2010 by a woman who said she had been sold counterfeit Lady Gaga tickets from Hermosa Beach resident Debra Louise Brass.

The subsequent investigation revealed 46 other victims of the same crime.

Brass, 28, told police she had legitimately purchased concert tickets for a Staples Center concert. Brass unintentionally made a copy of the tickets and sold the same pair of tickets twice, she told police.

Many of the victims were contacted by a Hermosa Beach Police detective, according to the department, and almost every victim identified Brass as the perpetrator of the fraudulent sales.

Brass pleaded no contest to grand theft on March 8. A "no contest" plea brings the same legal effect as a plea of "guilty," but can't be used against the person in a civil suit.

Brass must complete 58 days in the L.A. County Probation Adult Alternative Work Service (PAAWS) and will be on formal probation for three years. She is also ordered to pay restitution of $7,000 to the victims.