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Four in Texas family charged in Masters ticket scam

first_img“The Masters is one of the world’s great sporting events, and tickets to the tournament are cherished by their fortunate recipients,” U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine said. “Using fraud and deceit to circumvent the Augusta National’s generous lottery system is despicable, and those who follow the rules in hopes of winning tickets deserve better than to have their chances diminished by profiteering con artists.”The charges carry possible penalties of up to 20 years in prison along with substantial fines.”Because of the defendants’ greed, they now face substantial prison time if convicted of the alleged crimes,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “The FBI will always make it a priority to investigate anyone who tries to circumvent a fair process, whether it is the Masters or any other private or public entity.” Tiger Woods’ 81 PGA Tour wins: Sam Snead’s record in sight Face value for practice round tickets this year was $75, while daily tournament badges were $115.Augusta National forbids the resale of tickets, but there is a robust secondary market that this year was selling four-day badges for more than $7,000, single-day passes for practice rounds for up to $1,000 and single-day badges for the tournament itself for multiples of that, depending on what day the pass was for, Golf.com reported. Michael Jordan: Tiger Woods’ Masters win ‘was the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen’center_img Four members of a Texas family have been charged in a scheme to fraudulently obtain Masters tickets and resell the coveted badges at a healthy profit.The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia said in a news release Monday that Stephen Michael Freeman, of Katy, Texas, is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Freeman’s parents, Steven Lee Freeman and Diane Freeman, of Helotes, Texas, and sister, Christine Oliverson, of San Antonio, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. According to court documents in Augusta, Georgia, the four defendants used names and addresses bought from a bulk mailing list to create multiple fraudulent accounts in the Augusta National Golf Club’s online ticket-application system. The online accounts were created without the knowledge or permission of the individuals whose identities were used, prosecutors say.If any of the scheme’s names was chosen in the annual online lottery to receive Masters tickets and the defendants were notified via the email addresses provided for them, Stephen Michael Freeman then would create fake identification documents to persuade Augusta National to change the winner’s mailing address to one that was under control of the conspiracy. Once the defendants received the tickets at those addresses via U.S. Mail, they would resell the tickets at a substantial profit. Related Newslast_img read more

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