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The Tom Brady Super Bowl ring fraud case ended earlier this week with a lengthy prison sentence for a New Jersey man.

 

Reuters reported that U.S. District Judge David Carter sentenced Scott Spina of Roseland, New Jersey to three years in prison in his Santa Ana, CA courtroom on Monday, August 29. The 25-year-old Spina plead guilty to five counts aggravated identity theft, mail fraud and wire fraud back in February. Those are all felony counts, which explains the three-year stint he’ll be serving in jail.

 

So how did Spina pull it off? Or, rather, NOT pull it off, as he got caught and is headed to jail? To start with, he posed as a former New England Patriots football player. I’m no legal expert, but I’m guessing that’s where the “aggravated identity theft” charge came came from. Once he had his fake Patriots identity set up, he used it to buy and sell Super Bowl rings. And here’s the kicker (kicker! get it? ha!): he was buying them and selling them as gifts, supposedly, for Tom Brady’s family.

 

Tom Brady Super Bowl ring fraud: what was this guy thinking?

Again, from the Reuters report:

“Prosecutors said Spina defrauded the player in 2017 by purchasing his Super Bowl LI championship ring, using at least one check that bounced, and later sold it to a southern California broker for $63,000.

Court papers said Spina, posing as the player, then ordered three rings engraved with the name “Brady” from the memorabilia company Jostens, claiming they were gifts for Brady’s baby.”

Spina then turned around and sold the rings at auction for around three times what he paid.

And no, Tom Brady did not authorize any of this. Which makes you think: how often does stuff like this happen? A lot, I’m guessing. Poor Tom. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows when you’re the GOAT. Hell, sometimes your jersey sales even sputter out.