Man arrested for allegedly selling $5,000 worth of fake SXSW passes


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly printing fake South by Southwest credentials in the names of actual festival-goers, according to Austin police.

Officials with SXSW received reports Monday of the fraudulent credentials. SXSW investigated internally through their back-end data and camera footage and discovered footage of two festival volunteers allegedly printing the fake passes, according to an affidavit filed in court. 

Antonio Ferreira Jr., 25, reported for his volunteer shift at the festival at 3 p.m. Wednesday and SXSW officials told officers they saw Ferreira make and sell a fake pass to someone.

When the festival officials confronted the buyer, he allegedly refused to show them identification but handed over the fake pass and left, officials told police. When officers caught up with the buyer he admitted that he was answering a Craigslist ad for the fake pass. 

Ferreira allegedly sold three fake passes each valued at $1,650, according to the affidavit. The total value of the fake passes sold was close to $5,000. 

Ferreira was arrested for theft and his bail was set at $25,000.

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