Authorities say police have arrested nearly two dozen people on charges of selling fake tickets to two of New York City's biggest tourist attractions.

The vendors allegedly sold unsuspecting tourists tickets to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Police say the tickets actually were for ferries around New York Harbor that made no stops.

Police say some of the ticket hawkers were parolees with a history of serious crimes.

Authorities say the vendors face charges of fraudulent accosting.

The New York Times says the vendors worked for five different companies contracted to sell tickets for boat operators offering tours of the harbor. Police say three of the businesses were run by parolees.