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State charges companies with scalping bowl tickets

Two Hillsborough County companies are among eight businesses charged by state officials Thursday with scalping tickets to the Sugar Bowl last month.

Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Bob Crawford said the companies were selling tickets to Florida residents for the college football championship game in New Orleans at up to $1,000, far over the face value.

PMA Enterprises, also known as TicketMax, of Temple Terrace, and VIP Tour Co., of Tampa, were both charged with ticket scalping and with selling travel without being registered. Attempts to contact the companies Thursday were unsuccessful.

The state agency hit the companies with administrative complaints, which means they could have to pay $1,000 in civil penalties.

The face price of the tickets ranged from $85 to $125. The companies were asking $150 to $1,000, and mostly advertising the tickets for sale in newspaper classifieds.

The other companies charged are in South Florida, Arizona, Maryland and Kansas.

Comptroller Milligan

to have more surgery

TALLAHASSEE _ Florida Comptroller Bob Milligan will have surgery today to improve circulation to his abdomen and legs.

It will be the second surgery in less than six weeks for the former Marine general. He had heart triple-bypass surgery Dec. 28. Arteries in the groin will be cleaned or replaced today.

"I feel fine," Milligan, 67, said Thursday. "But the doctor thinks I need this surgery immediately, so I'm following doctor's orders."

Milligan, who is serving his second four-year term as comptroller, is expected to be hospitalized a few days. He will then recuperate at home for several weeks.

_ Staff and wire reports