Scammer To Plead Guilty To Selling Fake Tom Brady Super Bowl Rings

Let this be a lesson not to use Brady's name in vain

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No, those aren’t Super Bowl rings Tom Brady ordered for his nephews.

The US Attorney’s office for the Central District of California announced Tuesday in a statement Scott V. Spina Jr., a 24-year-old Roseland, N.J., resident, agreed to plead guilty to mail and wire fraud charges and one count of aggravated identity theft. The charges stem from a scheme, in which he illegally obtained Patriots Super Bowl rings and falsely claimed to a buyer that the legendary quarterback had gifted them to family members.

According to federal prosecutors, Spina in 2017 allegedly used at least one bad check to buy a Super Bowl LI ring the Patriots awarded to a player who helped them beat the Atlanta Falcons in the title game. The player later left the Patriots, but Spina used personal information he garnered from his purchase of the player’s ring to order from the ring-maker three family-and-friends Super Bowl LI rings — which are slightly smaller than the ones players receive — with the “Brady” engraved on each one.

“The rings were at no time authorized by Tom Brady,” prosecutors said in the statement, per The Boston Globe’s Travis Andersen. “Defendant Spina intended to obtain the three rings by fraud and to sell them at a substantial profit.”

Spina in November 2017 sold the three fraudulent Brady rings to an auction house for $100K. One of the rings then netted $337,219 in a February 2018 auction.

Spina is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 31, when he will plead guilty to the felony charges.

Let this be a lesson not to use Brady’s name in vain.

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