New Jersey Businessman Arrested for Impersonating Tom Brady; Sold Fake Super Bowl Rings

Published 12/25/2021, 3:23 AM EST
Nov 14, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks on against the Washington Football Team during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports | Credit-Reuters


A 24-year-old businessman from Roseland, New Jersey was pleaded guilty for posing as the former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He impersonated the NFL superstar to buy and sell Super Bowl rings, which he claimed were gifts to Tom Brady’s family, according to the federal prosecutors.

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The fraudster, who has been identified as Scott V. Spina Jr., at first purchased the Super Bowl LI ring from a former Patriots player in 2017, using “at least one bad check”. He then sold the ring to a broker in Southern California for $63,000. “When Spina obtained the player ring, he also received the information that allowed the former player to purchase Super Bowl rings for family and friends that are slightly smaller than the player rings,” the statement of the U.S. attorney’s office said.

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Arrested for impersonating Tom Brady

Following which Spina approached the Ring Company as he fraudulently introduced himself as Tom Brady. Following which he ordered three Super Bowl rings for Family and Friends with the name “Brady” engraved on them. “The rings were at no time authorized by Tom Brady,” according to the criminal information filed.

The defendant (Spina) intended to sell those rings at a substantial profit in an auction. So he entered into an agreement with an Orange County man, to avail him with the three rings at a price of $81,500. Nearly three times what Spina had paid for it. Spina claimed Brady had given those rings to his nephews.

When the County man realized that Brady did not have nephews, he tried to back out from the deal. Although Spina who had received the rings the same day. Took no time to sell them to an auction house for $100,000 in November 2017. Later, one of those rings was sold for $337,219.

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In federal court in Los Angeles, a lawsuit was filed against Spina on Monday. According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, he was charged with five crimes, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

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The fraudster, after pleading guilty, will now repay the former Patriots player, who sold him the first ring. He will now appear in federal court in Los Angeles on January 31.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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