New Jersey man pleads guilty to impersonating former Patriots player to get Tom Brady’s Super Bowl rings
A New Jersey man could face up to 92 years in prison after pleading guilty to impersonating former New England Patriots player to acquire family versions of the 2016 Super Bowl rings, one of which was auctioned for $ 337,000, claiming they were for Tom Brady’s nephews.
Scott Spina Jr., 24, of Roseland, New Jersey was accused with five felony counts, including one aggravated count of identity theft, after federal prosecutors said he bought three Super Bowl rings under false pretenses.
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According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, Spina’s program began in 2017 when he bought a Super Bowl ring from a former player, learning that former players could purchase smaller versions for their families and their friends.
“Spina, who tricked the former player into paying for the ring with at least one bad check, sold the ring shortly thereafter for $ 63,000 to a well-known championship ring broker,” the press release reads. .
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“Spina then called the Ring Company, fraudulently identified himself as [the former player], and began ordering three Super Bowl LI rings from family and friends with the name “Brady” engraved on each, which he falsely represented as gifts for quarterback Tom Brady’s baby, “according to the criminal investigation filed Monday. “The rings were never authorized by Tom Brady. The accused Spina intended to obtain the three rings by fraud and sell them at a substantial profit. “
Spina then returned to the original purchaser of her first ring and claimed that the rings “were ordered for Tom Brady directly from [the Ring Company] for some family members, “but the buyer withdrew after becoming suspicious.
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He then sold the rings to an auction house for $ 100,000, one of which sold in February 2018 for $ 337,219, according to the New York Post.
Prosecutors said Spina had agreed to plead guilty to all five counts and faced a legal maximum sentence of 92 years in federal prison. He also agreed to pay compensation to the former Patriots player whose Super Bowl ring he sold and other memorabilia he sold.