BARRIO – (Daily Mail) The teenage ringleader of a gang that scammed 10,000 customers with fake tickets to Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee concerts in Peru last year has been arrested in Spain.
Pamela Cabanillas, 18, was busted by cops in the Madrid neighborhood of Carabanchel on Monday.
The National Police of Peru is charging her with five counts, including identity theft, aggravated fraud and falsification of private documents. She could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Cabanillas allegedly led a group of scammers known as ‘The QR Gang’ that sold bogus tickets to concert and sporting events, including the World Cup in Qatar.
She and her network allegedly set up a cloned website of the Peruvian-based ticket outlet, Teleticket, and promoted her illicit operation on social media, selling tickets for as much as $390 between May and October 2022.
Her network sold fake tickets to 7,000 customers who attempted to catch Daddy Yankee’s farewell tour shows on October 18 and 19, 2022.
At least 50 customers presented the same ticket for one of the concert dates. Another 367 concertgoers purchased the same ticket for one of the shows.
One customer told the police that she purchased four tickets through the official Teleticket site, but that she was denied entrance because all of her tickets had been duplicated.
The scammers also conned an additional 3,000 customers into buying tickets for Bad Bunny’s show on November 13.
Authorities estimate that Cabanillas made at least $132,000 off the fake tickets to the Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny concerts.
Cabanillas bolted for Europe shortly before the Daddy Yankee shows and in December went on Panamericana TV to let any person affected by the scam that she wouldn’t be refunding the money because she had spent it.
‘I accept my mistake, I scammed a lot of people without measuring the consequences,’ she said at the time. ‘I apologize to the people that I have done a lot of damage (to) … Unfortunately, they will not be able to recover their money because I have spent it.’
She added: ‘I am a person who really likes sneakers, dressing well, buying expensive clothes, buying expensive sneakers, going out to eat in expensive places, having good drinks, I am one of those people. (It is the life) that I wanted to have, of course, without measuring the consequences of my actions.’
Cabanillas is said to have split her time on the run Italy and in Spain, from where she shared a photo of herself on Instagram and captioned it, ‘Enjoying the life.’
Spain’s police inspector Vanessa Arriera told Infobae that it took two weeks for Madrid cops and Spanish and Peruvian Interpol agents to track down Cabanilla’s whereabouts.
‘Today, finally, after a discreet follow-up by the Spanish police, we have been able to intercept her, we have identified her and we have verified that her identity was the one that appears in the international (arrest warrant), Arriera said. ‘We have arrested her and transferred her to the police station to continue with all the necessary steps to carry out the extradition to Peru.’