A 25-year-old New Jersey man was sentenced to a few years in federal jail after posing as Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady with the intention to purchase after which promote New England Patriots Tremendous Bowl rings.
Scott V. Spina Jr., of Roseland, New Jersey, pleaded responsible in February to at least one rely of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and one rely of aggravated id theft.
He first purchased a Tremendous Bowl LI ring in 2017 from a former Patriots participant with a foul verify after which returned it to a “championship ring dealer” for $63,000, in accordance with the Justice Division. Spina additionally discovered from the participant how gamers might purchase smaller rings for family and friends from an unnamed ring firm.
That is when Spina was mistakenly recognized as Brady over the telephone to purchase three extra Tremendous Bowl LI rings.
“Spina then known as Ring Firm, fraudulently figuring out himself as [the former player]and started ordering three household and buddy Tremendous Bowl LI rings with the identify ‘Brady’ engraved on every, which he falsely represented as presents for quarterback Tom Brady’s baby,” in accordance with court docket paperwork . “The rings had been at no time licensed by Tom Brady. Defendant Spina supposed to fraudulently get hold of the three rings and promote them at a considerable revenue.”
Spina then tried to promote the three rings to an Orange County (Calif.) man for $81,500 whereas claiming they had been from Brady’s nephews. When the client tried to again out of the deal, Spina offered them at an public sale home for $100,000. A kind of rings ultimately offered for $337,219 in 2018.
Spina was additionally ordered to pay $63,000 in restitution to the unnamed participant as a part of his sentence.