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CHICAGO (STMW) - A south suburban man who bought counterfeit tickets for Sunday’s Bears game, then turned around and sold them to another man, is out even more money after being ordered held on $10,000 bond.

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The second victim went online and bought two tickets from Kenneth Babich for $250 each for Sunday’s game against the Vikings, according to a Chicago Police report.

The men met Sunday morning at 1800 S. Lake Shore Dr. and the victim picked up the tickets, but learned they were counterfeit when he tried to enter the stadium, police said.

Frustrated, he called Babich back and told him he wanted to buy more tickets. They met again at the same location — where a police sergeant arrested Babich at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the report. Police recovered two more tickets.

While at the Central District for processing, Babich told police he’d purchased the tickets for $1,050 at South State and 35th streets, then learned they were fake when comparing them to tickets his boss had.

He told police he wanted his money back so he put them on craigslist, the report said. Babich, 24, of 13617 Loomis Lane in Crestwood, was charged with one count of felony forgery.

On Monday, Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesel set bond at $10,000 and ordered a preliminary hearing for Nov. 22 in North Felony Court (Br. 42), according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin.

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