A New Jersey man was sentenced to a three-year jail time period for promoting three Tremendous Bowl rings engraved with Tom Brady’s identify that he fraudulently obtained.
Together with the jail time period, Scott V. Spina Jr., 25, may also be required to pay $63,000 in restitution to a former New England Patriots participant he defrauded by paying for the participant’s Tremendous Bowl LI ring with a phony test in 2017, the New York Submit reported.
Together with defrauding the participant — whose ring he bought for $63,000 to a collector — Spina additionally fraudulently posed as that participant with the corporate that makes the rings. After he discovered that gamers might order practically precise copies of a Tremendous Bowl ring for members of the family, Spina posed because the participant and requested the corporate to make three of them engraved with Brady’s identify. He instructed the corporate that the engraving was imagined to be presents for the beginning of Brady’s child.
In keeping with courtroom paperwork, federal prosecutors stated, “The rings had been at no time licensed by Tom Brady. Defendant Spina meant to acquire the three rings by fraud and to promote them at a considerable revenue.”
Spina later claimed the rings belonged to Brady and bought them for $100,000. One of many rings later bought for $337,219 at public sale.
“Spina pleaded responsible to 1 rely of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, and one rely of aggravated id theft in February,” the Submit famous.
Tremendous Bowl rings promote for large cash. In 2020, Patriots proprietor Robert Craft bought his 2017 ring for a whopping $1.025 million.
They’re additionally continuously stolen from gamers. For instance, final yr, former Patriots participant Vince Wilfork’s rings had been stolen, allegedly by his personal son.