Probe of online ticket brokers sought

U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are calling for a federal probe into online ticket brokers who may be falsely posing as Rhode Island venues and driving up ticket prices.

The Rhode Island Democrats announced Tuesday they had asked the Federal Trade Commission in a June 8 letter to investigate the practice.

They cited a Providence Journal report that identified one broker who was using copyrighted images of the Providence Performing Arts Center and charging an exorbitant amount for tickets to a show there.