OK Man Robbed Bank, Sold Fake Concert Tickets To Provide For Family
TULSA, Oklahoma - A Tulsa man who's only been out of prison seven months faces a new misdemeanor. Police say Josh Graston sold fake tickets on Craigslist to the P!nk concert.
Police say Graston sold the fake tickets to about a dozen people, but, because he's paid some of them back, it drops from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Brett Bingham was one of the victims.
"They try to scan the tickets and they won't scan. They're punching them in, say the ticket is already used and this has happened so many times tonight," he said.
The man selling the tickets used the name Kyle McBride, but Bingham took a picture of the guy's tag number during the transaction, which led police to Graston.
Graston served a year in prison for robbing a bank in Bixby with a note in 2016 with his 2-year-old daughter in the car.
When he learned I was doing a story on his concert ticket scam, he called and said he wanted to tell his side of the story.
"I'm a thief and a liar. I don't know when it happened in my life and I don't want sympathy for it. I just don't want to be that anymore," he said.
Graston is still on probation for the bank robbery, so he knows his misdemeanor ticket scam could send him back to prison.
"I know I don't deserve anyone's forgiveness or understanding but I thought they at least deserved an explanation," said Graston.
He said he's not a drug addict or gambler, and that these are the only two crimes he's ever committed.
Graston said he committed the crimes to support his family. He said he went into the bank with a note because he'd been out of work for two years because of health problems, then got an eviction notice for that day.
"I freaked and I made a bad decision," Graston said.
A judge gave Graston a break when he released him from prison after one year. Graston said more health issues cost him his job so he decided to use a fake name, phone number and email to sell fake tickets.
"I wanted to provide for my family and I know I did it the wrong way," he said.
Graston said he knows he blew his second chance. He said people have no reason to trust him when he says, this time, he'll get it right.
"I hope the judge gives me the tightest leash in the world and one chance, and if I can't live up to that, I hope the judge puts me away," he said.
Two of his concert ticket victims said they want to see Graston punished, especially in light of his past.
"I'm sorry. I know it's just words, but, from the bottom of my heart, I'm sorry," he said.
Graston has to be in court April 17th for the concert ticket misdemeanor.