DOJ: Roseland man bilked former Patriots player; fraudulently sold Brady championship rings
A Roseland man has agreed to plead guilty to five felony offences related to his fraudulent sale of three supposed Tom Brady Super Bowl rings – one of which sold at auction for more than $337,000.
According to the Department of Justice, Scott V. Spina, Jr., 24, “purchased a Super Bowl LI ring awarded to a Patriots player who subsequently left the team.” The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in that February 2017 matchup.
Spina bilked that player by paying for that ring with at least one bad check, then sold it for $63,000 to a championship ring broker. At the same time, he received information about how the former player was able to purchase rings for family and friends.
According to the DOJ:
“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,” according to the criminal information filed today. “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.”
After trying to defraud an Orange County, California broker – Spina sold the rings to an auction house for $100,000. An auction in February 2018 netted him $337,219.
The DOJ says that 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.
He will make his first appearance in Los Angeles court on Jan. 31. As part of the plea agreement, Spina agreed to pay restitution to the former Patriots player who sold his Super Bowl ring and other memorabilia.
He faces a maximum penalty of 92 years in federal prison but is not expected to get that severe of a punishment.