A man in New Jersey was charged with fraud and is facing 92 years in prison after posing as a former New England Patriots player and buying and selling Tom Brady-engraved Super Bowl championship rings, according to federal prosecutors.
Scott Spina, 24, first purchased a Super Bowl LI championship ring from a Patriots player in 2017 with a bad check and then sold it off for roughly $63,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.
While selling the ring, he posed as the player who sold it to him, authorities said.
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"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," the filing submitted on Monday read.
"The rings were at no time authorized by Tom Brady. Defendant Spina intended to obtain the three rings by fraud and to sell them at a substantial profit," the filing continued.
Spina attempted to sell these rings to another buyer, alleging Brady had gifted them to his nephews, according to a report.
However, the possible buyer became suspicious and backed out of the deal.
Following the failed deal, Spina hawked the rings for $100,000 at an auction house, with one of them fetching a price of $337,219 in a later sale, prosecutors said.
Spina pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to the plea agreement filed Monday.
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He also agreed to pay the former Patriots player restitution and to appear in a Los Angeles court on Jan. 31.