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Accused scam artist featured in Channel 4 I-Team report arrested

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

As the Channel 4 I-Team was airing an investigation exposing a woman accused of selling fake tickets to concerts and other events, she was being booked in the Davidson County Jail.

Angela Formica was arrested Thursday night and faces six criminal charges, including felony criminal simulation and petty theft.

Now, some of her clients fear they've bought bogus tickets and won't find out for months.

Greg Schmidt shelled out big bucks to get his 11-year-old daughter tickets to One Direction's concert in August.

So when Schmidt watched the Channel 4 I-Team expose Formica, his heart sank. He bought his daughter's tickets from Formica.

"I was pretty ill. I was pretty sick about it," Schmidt said.

Metro police say Formica was nabbed on Broadway in downtown Nashville on Thursday after an officer recognized her from search warrants issued earlier in the day.

"It's a good feeling to know she's off the streets, obviously," said Maggie Combs, a former customer of Formica's.

Combs worked with the Channel 4 I-Team to expose Formica last week after Formica sold her bogus tickets.

Formica thought she was meeting a customer named Jeremy. After she tried to sell us tickets, chief investigative reporter Jeremy Finley revealed who she was really talking to.

As she walked away from our cameras, Finley asked her why her former customers couldn't get into the concert after they were told their tickets were bogus.

"It's at your own risk," Formica said.

"There are likely other victims out there," said Metro Police Lt. Grant Carroll.

Court records show other victims didn't just buy concert tickets.

Warrants show a Nashville Predators fan said Formica sold him bogus tickets for $280, and when he showed up for the game, he was told his tickets were no good.

Schmidt has no idea if the paper tickets he was sold are bogus, but he's preparing for disappointment.

"I don't want to break her [his daughter's] heart, and that's what it's going to do," Schmidt said.

Schmidt, like the others, got paper copies of the tickets from Formica.

Metro police believe she bought legit tickets and then made several copies of those tickets.

All Schmidt can do is show up at the concert and see if others paid for the same paper tickets and seats.

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