Hamilton police seek 20-year-old offender in ticket fraud case

Police say Jacob Miranda used social networking to sell concert and sports tickets, but wouldn't deliver the product.
Jacob Miranda has been arrested before on fraud charges. (Supplied)

Hamilton police are looking for a 20-year-old offender in a fraud case involving online sales of tickets and electronics.

Jacob Miranda was arrested in August for using Kijiji, Facebook and Blackberry Messenger groups to sell discounted concert or sporting events tickets and electronics like iPhones, iPods and laptops, said Det. Duncan McCulloch of the Hamilton Police Major Fraud Unit.

Miranda wouldn't send the purchased items once he received the money.

Police allege Miranda has since re-offended. He last accepted money for sports tickets on Dec. 22.

"I know of 30 victims residing across Canada," McCulloch said, adding he expects more to come forward.

He estimates a total of  $50,000 was taken from the known victims.

Miranda has been active since May 2011, McCulloch said. After being arrested in the summer, he served jail time in Hamilton.

McCulloch said Miranda was released in October on recognizance, but has since failed to show up to scheduled court appearances.

McCulloch believes he is in Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford or Toronto.

Miranda is described as male, white, 5'8, 184 lbs. with short red hair.