Scott V. Spina Jr. sentenced to three years in prison for Tom Brady’s Super Bowl ring fraud
Spina pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to one count of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and one count of impersonation.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — A man of New Jersey who impersonated a former New England Patriots player to buy and sell rings from the superbowl which he said were gifts to Tom Brady’s family, was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison.
Scott V. Spina Jr.25, of Roseland, was sentenced by a judge in Orange County, South California.
In 2017, Spina purchased a 2016 Super Bowl championship ring from the patriots to a player New England who then left the team. Prosecutors said Spina paid the player – identified only as TJ – with at least one bad check and sold the ring for $63,000 to an Orange County championship ring dealer.
“When Spina obtained the player’s ring, he also received information allowing the former player to purchase Super Bowl rings for his family and friends that are slightly smaller than the players’ rings,” said the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a statement.
Spina then called the company that made the rings, pretended to be the former player, and ordered three rings for family and friends with “Brady” engraved on them, claiming they were gifts for his baby. Brady, prosecutors said.
“Rings were never authorized by Tom Brady“, according to the criminal complaint.
Spina agreed to sell the rings for $81,500 to the same Orange County salesman who purchased the original ring, claiming Brady gave them to his nephews. The seller then tried to back out of the deal because he “was beginning to believe Brady didn’t have nephews,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In November 2017, the same day the buyer tried to pull out, Spina sold the rings to an auction house for $100,000, far more than she paid for them, prosecutors said.
At an auction in February 2018, one of them sold for more than $337,000, authorities said.
Spina pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to one count of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated impersonation for impersonating the former. patriotsfalsely telling the seller that the family rings had been ordered by Brady, and defrauding him of three wire transfers for the deposit.
During his sentencing, the judge also ordered Spina to pay $63,000 in restitution to the former Patriots player who sold him the authentic ring of the Super Bowl.
#Scott #Spina #sentenced #years #prison #Tom #Bradys #Super #Bowl #ring #fraud