- Federal prosecutors announced on Monday that a man from New Jersey pretended to be a former New England Patriots player to buy and sell Super Bowl rings was arrested.
Federal prosecutors announced Monday that a New Jersey man who pretended to be a former New England Patriots player to buy and sell Super Bowl rings that he claimed were gifts to Tom Brady’s family will plead guilty to fraud.
ON MONDAY, Scott V. Spina Jr., 24, of Roseland, filed a plea agreement in federal court in Los Angeles. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California announced that Spina would plead guilty to five felony charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
Spina purchased a 2016 Super Bowl championship ring from a Patriots player who later left in 2017. Prosecutors claim Spina paid the player, who has only been identified as T.J., with at least one bad check and then sold the ring for $63,000 to a Southern California ring broker.
“When Spina obtained the player ring, he also obtained information that allowed the former player to purchase Super Bowl rings for family and friends that are slightly smaller than the player rings,” according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.
Prosecutors say Spina pretended to be Brady and ordered three rings with the word “Brady” engraved on them, claiming they were gifts for Brady’s baby.
According to the criminal complaint, “Tom Brady never authorized the rings.”
According to prosecutors, Spina then sold them to an auction house in November 2017 for $100,000, far more than he paid for them. One ring sold for more than $337,000 at an auction in 2018.
Next month, Spina will appear in federal court in Los Angeles. In addition to pleading guilty, Spina agreed to repay the former Patriots player who sold him the first ring.
Source: CTV News
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