3 years are given to the man in the Tom Brady Super Bowl ring con who purported to be an NFL player.
By pretending to be another player, Scott Spina placed orders for family-sized copies of the rings as presents for Brady's unborn child. Not at all.
In Los Angeles A New Jersey man who ordered Super Bowl rings while pretending they were presents for a quarterback, Tom Brady's child was given a three-year prison sentence on Monday, according to the prosecution.
For $100,000, Scott Spina Jr., 25, offered the rings to an auction house in 2017.
He admitted guilt to mail fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft in February, according to a statement from the Los Angeles office of the U.S. attorney.
According to court records, the scam got underway in September 2017 when Spina purchased a Super Bowl 51 ring from a former New England Patriots player. The sole name given to the player is "T.J."
In exchange, Spina received a paper with T.J.'s login information and the web address of the business that sells Super Bowl rings.
Then, pretending to be the former athlete, Spina placed an order for three "family and friends" Super Bowl rings by claiming they were presents for Brady's unborn child. Brady wasn't currently expecting a child.
On each one, Spina had the name "Brady" etched. The family rings are comparable to the player rings but are a little bit smaller.
Spina then attempted to sell them to a Californian dealer. After the dealer became suspicious, that fell through, and Spina reportedly sold the three to an auction house for $100,000. One of the rings eventually sold at auction for 337,219 dollars.
An inquiry for comment made Monday night went unanswered by Spina's lawyer.
In a court document, the counsel stated that Spina was 19 years old at the time the fraud took place and that he had already committed to changing his life during a prior prison term for fraud.
In a statement that was included in the sentencing document and addressed to U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, Spina stated, "I am no longer that immature, careless, and selfish person.
After Brady and the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 in February 2017, the con game started a few months later.
With the Patriots, Brady would go on to win Super Bowl 53 in February 2019, which was his sixth Super Bowl victory overall. Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, and in his seventh Super Bowl appearance, he helped them to victory.
According to the U.S. attorney's office, Spina was sentenced to 36 months in prison as well as $63,000 in reparations to the unidentified former Patriots player. The office claimed that Spina defrauded the gamer by using at least one fraudulent check to pay.
Spina received a 35-month prison sentence in 2018 for stealing his clients' credit card information and neglecting to deliver high-end sneakers and other things to customers who had ordered them, according to officials.
Spina was subsequently accused of fraud regarding Super Bowl family rings in December and consented to enter a guilty plea, according to the prosecution.