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April 20, 1998

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ The nearly instantaneous sell-out of a Spice Girls concert left some fans in tears after they camped out overnight in hopes of getting tickets. And New York’s attorney general is suspicious.

The 13,000 tickets for the British pop group’s first New York City appearance at Madison Square Garden on July 1 were snapped up in 12 minutes Friday.

There have already been reports of out-of-state ticket brokers selling the $35 and $50 tickets for hundreds of dollars, Joe Mahoney, spokesman for state Attorney General Dennis Vacco, said Monday.

``The lightning-quick sellout raises questions in the attorney general’s mind that there may have been some diversion of tickets,″ Mahoney said, announcing that Vacco would investigate.

Reselling tickets for $5 or 10 percent more than they were purchased for is illegal under New York’s ticket scalping law.

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