Man Sentenced To Three Years In Prison After Pleading Guilty To Tom Brady Super Bowl Rings Scam
After pleading guilty to selling fraudulent Tom Brady Super Bowl LI championship rings, New Jersey native Scott V. Spina Jr. was sentenced to three years in prison by United States District Court Judge David O. Carter. Judge Carter also ordered Spina to pay $63,000 in restitution.
Spina reportedly concocted a scheme back in 2017, which allegedly involved defrauding a former New England Patriots player and swindling him out of his Super Bowl LI Championship ring via a bad check written for $63,000. Court documents say Spina later sold the ring to a well-known sports ring broker in Orange County, California.
The documents also say that Spina obtained sensitive information on the former Patriots player, and purchased “family and friend rings” from the Super Bowl ring company. Friends and family rings are smaller versions of the rings that players receive and only NFL members are allowed to purchase them.
“Spina then called the Ring Company, fraudulently identified himself as [the former player], and started ordering three family and friend Super Bowl LI rings with the name ‘Brady’ engraved on each one, which he falsely represented were gifts for the baby of quarterback Tom Brady. Defendant Spina intended to obtain the three rings by fraud and to sell them at a substantial profit.”
When the broker started to become suspicious of Spina during the second meeting, Spina told the broker that Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had originally purchased the rings for his nephews. The broker’s suspicions continued to grow after Spina reportedly tried to back out of the deal. Tom Brady had no nephews at the time of the attempted sale.
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