News: Disney Employees Fired in A Ticket Resale Scam
Miami Newsday is reporting that two Disney Cast Members were recently fired for taking place in an elaborate operation that preys on unsuspecting employees to buy discounted tickets that are later sold to the public.
A WFTV 9 investigation discovered the newest theme park ticket scam, one in which park employees and cast members are being targeted. Eyewitness News investigative reporter Christopher Heath has uncovered an elaborate operation that preys on unsuspecting employees to buy discounted tickets. It’s a plan that recently cost two Disney cast members their jobs, but it could have more widespread ramifications for guests purchasing tickets through unreliable sources.
“I didn’t even know that he was targeting me,” said Pontsho Gooma, a former Disney cast member. Gooma was fired from Disney’s Animal Kingdom this month after he bought tickets for a man who turned out to be an illegal ticket broker. “I didn’t know the gentleman was a scammer,” Gooma said. Gooma is from Botswana.
He and his fellow countryman, Sarona Moabi, were brought to Orlando by Disney to work at the park. Soon after their arrival, they were befriended by a man they knew only as David, and he eventually asked them to help him buy some tickets with their Disney discounts. That’s when they lost their jobs.
While employees are not allowed to resell Disney tickets, private citizens can, but only unused passes. Anyone caught dealing in partially used passes faces a second-degree misdemeanor.