A New Jersey man, Scott V. Spina Jr., 25, was sentenced to three years in federal prison after cheating a New England Patriots player out of a championship ring and selling it on the false promises of it being Tom Brady’s.
In 2017, after the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in a memorable 28-3 win, fans across the globe were itching to get their hands on souvenirs that will last a lifetime. Perhaps the most notable paraphernalia would be the iconic Super Bowl ring, designed with diamonds and the engraved saying, “GREATEST COMEBACK EVER.”
Following the Patriots’ victory, Scott V. Spina, a resident of Roseland, N.J., successfully scammed an unnamed New England player out of multiple rings. Spina proceeded to engrave Brady’s name into one of them, to which it sold for over $337,000 at an auction.
The scammer met with the New England Patriots player, buying his ring for $63,000 at the time. However, Spina was able to maintain paperwork from the ring manufacturer with a login and password that allowed players to order championship rings for their families. Posing as the player, he ordered a ring engraved as Tom Brady’s baby, despite the quarterback not having a baby at the time.
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According to The New York Times, the New Jersey man, “pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in February to one count of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.”
Scott Spina’s lawyer discusses his white-collar crimes and prison time
The 25-year-old was sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay the New England Patriots player $63,000 for scamming him into selling memorabilia. “He accepts responsibility for his actions,” Spina’s legal representative Thomas Ambrosio, said last Tuesday. “He is disappointed in the fact that he has to go back to prison.”
This is not Spina’s first run-in with legal troubles; In 2018, when he was only 20, he was sentenced to 35 months in federal prison for fraudulent behavior. He began a sneaker business when he was a teenager, but by the time he was 20, he was committing wire fraud. After serving time, his lawyer shared that the man has, “done everything expected of him to rehabilitate himself and be a law-abiding citizen.”
“There are other white-collar crimes committed by people that get much more lenient sentencing,” Ambrosia said. “He fully expects to put this behind him as quickly as possible.”
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