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Police: 3 people lose thousands of dollars after buying fake Derby tickets on Craigslist

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Cornelius Rias (source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Cornelius Rias (source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say at three people lost thousands of dollars, after they bought fake tickets to the Kentucky Derby from someone on Craigslist. And Louisville Metro Police believe there are more victims. 

According to court documents, 30-year-old Cornelius Rias placed an ad on Craigslist offering the tickets for sale, and three people responded.

Police say two of the victims paid $1,500 for four seats before Churchill Downs confirmed the tickets were forged.

A third victim paid $800 for the same seats before LMPD detectives answered the ad. 

Police say Rias tried to run after he realized he was meeting police officers instead of another victim near downtown Louisville around 5:30 p.m. on May 3.

He was arrested after a short chase.

Police say Rias has no ties to Louisville, and has a wife in the Chicago area. For that reason, they consider him a flight risk. 

He was being held at Metro Corrections on three charges of felony theft by deception and one count of fleeing or evading police. 

LMPD 6th Division Detective John Green is working the case and tells WDRB that "several more" of the fake tickets were collected at the gates of Churchill Downs on Oaks Day.  He is asking anyone who thinks that they were also scammed to call him at 502-574-6924.

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