Man admits impersonating New England Patriots player to obtain Super Bowl rings
A New Jersey man admitted to selling three “family and friends” New England Patriots Super Bowl rings — engraved with quarterback Tom Brady’s last name — that he obtained by impersonating another player, according to court documents filed Monday.
The man, Scott Spina, 24, agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to one count of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in connection with the audacious scheme. One of the rings Spina obtained fraudulently was later sold at auction for more than $300,000, federal prosecutors said.
“By pretending to be a New England Patriots player, the defendant was able to get Super Bowl rings from the company that issued them. But in offering the rings for sale, he was also selling their connection to Tom Brady — a story that simply did not hold up on close scrutiny,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik M. Silber said.
“Unfortunately, in his effort to profit on Tom Brady’s name, the defendant defrauded a number of people, including those at the ring company, the buyer of the rings, and those in the collectible market more broadly,” Silber said.
The scam began in September 2017, when Spina contacted a former Patriots player through Instagram and offered to buy the Super Bowl 51 ring. Spina later traveled to Georgia to…