Man faces up to 92 years in prison for selling fake Tom Brady Super Bowl rings

Here's how a New Jersey man faces 92 years in federal prison for buying and selling Tom Brady's Super Bowl rings.

Tom Brady
Tom Brady

Fraud charges were filed against a New Jersey man who was buying and selling Super Bowl rings with Tom Brady’s name on them by pretending to be a former player of the New England Patriots. The accused is likely to face 92 years in federal prison once he pleads guilty. The matter was investigated by the FBI’s Art Crime Team. Assistant United States Attorney Erik M. Silber of the Environmental and Community Safety Crimes Section is prosecuting this case.

Tom Brady
Tom Brady

The accused was identified as Scott V. Spina Jr., 24, a resident of Roseland, New Jersey. The chargers against Spina were detailed in the official statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California. “(He)was charged today (December 20) with one count of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in the scheme that allowed him to purchase three Super Bowl rings engraved with the name “Brady” on them and offer them for sale with the false claim that Tom Brady had given the rings to relatives.”

How Spina carried out the Fraud

Through this broker, Spina received information ‘that allowed the former player to purchase Super Bowl rings for family and friends that are slightly smaller than the player rings.’ His entire operation was explained in the criminal statement filed against Spina.

“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 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.”

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Spina’s first ring was sold to him by a former Patriots player

Super Bowl LI Ring
Patriots Super Bowl LIII Ring

Spina’s misconduct started back in 2017 when he came in contact with a former New England Patriots player. Spina apparently bought the Super Bowl LI ring from the former player. Spina conned the former Patriots player with a bad check and quickly sold the Super Bowl for $63,000 to a well-known broker of championship rings.

According to the official statement, “After agreeing to buy the three rings for $81,500 – nearly three times what Spina paid for the rings – the buyer started to believe that Brady did not have nephews, and he tried to withdraw from the deal. The same day that the buyer tried to back out, and the same day that Spina actually received the rings in November 2017, Spina immediately sold them to an auction house for $100,000. During an auction in February 2018, one of the family rings was sold for $337,219.”

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Spina pleads GUILTY

Spina pled guilty to the fraud charges filed against him. “In his plea agreement, Spina admitted that he defrauded the Orange County ring broker when he falsely claimed that the rings “were ordered for Tom Brady directly from [the Ring Company] for select family members.” Spina also admitted that he defrauded this victim in relation to three wire transfers for the deposit on the family rings. Spina further admitted he committed identity theft when he posed as the former Patriot to purchase the rings”, as mentioned in the press release stated.

Once he formally enters the guilty pleas, Spina will face a statutory maximum penalty of 92 years in federal prison, but the actual sentence will likely be substantially less once a federal judge considers the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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