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Two men arrested in EDC counterfeit wristband scheme

Organizers couldn’t pay Los Angeles enough to host this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival, but apparently some Californians still wanted a piece of the dance festival’s economic pie.

Two California men were arrested Saturday for attempting to sell counterfeit wristbands to the rave this weekend, Las Vegas police said.

Police said the men ordered the counterfeit wristbands from an out-state supplier. The wristbands reportedly had an estimated value of $1 million.

Pathomrat Neil Kunawongse, 35, of Hacienda Heights, Calif., and Aaron Leonard Hernandez, 37, of Corona, Calif., were arrested on charges of obtaining money under false pretenses, attempted forgery, and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Kunawongse was also arrested on charges of burglary and possession of stolen property.

Insomniac Inc., the event organizer, notified police of the possible scam.

Police said the wristbands have all been recovered and none were sold by the suspects.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at mblasky@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0283.

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