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Man Accused of MMA Fraud Speaks Out
A central Illinois man accused of scamming local people regarding an MMA fight is speaking up to defend himself.
John Dickerson is being sued by the Illinois Attorney General for selling tickets to mixed martial arts events that never happened.
The Attorney General's office claims Dickerson sold $1,200 in tickets and got $500 in sponsorships for two MMA matches.
When the events didn't happen, Dickerson allegedly told ticket buyers they were delayed or cancelled.
Dickerson said he sold only $250 in tickets to four people, and only one wanted the money back.
We asked Dickerson if it was true that he sold tickets to an event that didn't happen.
"Right," he responded. "But I sold tickets to an event that was planned and scheduled--to an event with a contract to happen. And they're making it sound like I sold tickets to a fake event that was never going to take place. I have all records, e-mails, you name it."
"People are out money," Attorney General spokesman Scott Mulford said. "Businesses are out money that they put in good faith to this individual, and we allege consumer fraud."
The lawsuit is asking the court to require Dickerson to repay those who are out the money. He is also facing civil penalties.