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Carny arrested for fraud at Tulsa State Fair
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Carny arrested for fraud at Tulsa State Fair

Carny arrested for fraud at Tulsa State Fair
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Carny arrested for fraud at Tulsa State Fair

An undercover sting results in the arrest of a 'Balloon Bust" operator at the Tulsa State Fair Saturday evening.

Tulsa deputies say they approached Jon Morton in plain clothes and asked how much it would cost to win a "Minion doll" if he played the game and was told $80.  The sign stated $3 for five darts and $10 for seven darts.

So, the deputy began to see if the carny would negotiate with him and he did.

Deputies say Morton first said he would give him the doll if he paid $60 and smashed a balloon with one dart.  The deputy informed him the cost is a lot for just one chance.

Morton then countered with 20 darts for $60.  The deputy agreed and smashed the balloon on his first try.

Deputies say they then gave Morton $40 in marked bills and told him he was short on the rest of the cash.  Morton gave the deputy the doll anyway.

From there, Morton was arrested for violating the Carnival Fraud Act.

Deputies say they also found a pipe smelling like marijuana in Morton's belongings.  So, he faces an additional charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.


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