ST. LOUIS (CelebrityAccess) — The St. Louis Cardinals have taken a nonprofit charity organization to court, alleging the charity committed fraud by selling hundreds of Cardinals tickets on secondary ticket market websites above face value.
According to the Associated Press, The Leagues of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which runs the Lewis & Clark Baseball League, had been given 3,500 tickets to baseball games at discounted prices through the Cardinals charity outreach program Cardinal Cares. The suit alleges that the charity then resold tickets to high-demand games online at higher than face value instead of selling them in fund raisers to support the charity.
The suit alleges that the charity sold more than 1,720 tickets on StubHub for $122,270 before the team learned of the alleged practice.
The Cardinals, through their lawsuit, are seeking to recover $40,475 which it claims the charity gained from the SubHub sales. The team intends to use any proceeds from the lawsuit to support their charitable effots, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said.
Representatives for both sides of the suit declined requests for comment to the newspaper. – Staff Writers