James and Ruth Kauff: Deerfield couple accused of having fake media credentials at Miami Heat game

MIAMI, Fla. -- James and Ruth Kauff already had a pair of the hottest tickets in town.

But instead of celebrating the Miami Heat's 104-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder during last week's Game 4 of the NBA Finals, they ended up spending the night in jail.

Miami Police say they arrested the Deerfield Beach couple for having yet another pair of tickets so hot they were fake.

James Kauff, 60, and his wife Ruth Kauff, 52, were allegedly in possession of a pair of fake media credentials and tried to use them to get into the press area.

The couple did have a pair of authentic game tickets and watched the game, said their attorney, Bruce Lehr.

The attorney on Thursday said the incident was a "mix-up" and declined to discuss the case any further.

According to the arrest reports, arena security called Miami Police after stopping the couple at one of the many ticket checkpoints inside the arena during the June 19 t h game.

The report said the Kauffs each had a phony media pass that read "Media Miami Heat" and had their photos pasted on the cards.

During the arrest, police also found a clear plastic bag containing 13 pills, the report said. Ruth Kauff told the arresting officer the pills were oxycodone, according to the report.

The Kauffs were each charged with fraudulent creation or possession of admission tickets and trespassing. Each charge is a misdemeanor. Ruth Kauff was also charged with felony possession of suspected oxycodone.

They have since been released after each posting $1,000 bond, according to court records.


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