SANTA ANA, Calif. — A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to fraud for impersonating a former New England Patriots player to buy and sell Super Bowl rings he claimed were gifts to Tom Brady’s family.
Scott V. Spina Jr., 24, of Roseland, pleaded in federal court to wire fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.
In 2017, Spina bought a 2016 Super Bowl ring from a Patriots player who later left the team. Spina sold the ring for $63,000 to a Southern California broker and used the player’s information to contact the ring company and order three slightly smaller rings designed for friends and family, prosecutors said.
“Brady” was engraved on those rings and Spina claimed they were gifts for Brady’s baby, although the quarterback never authorized their purchase, authorities said.
Spina attempted to sell the rings to the Southern California broker for $81,500, claiming Brady had bought them for three nephews, but the deal fell through when the broker was unable to confirm that Brady had nephews, prosecutors said.
Spina then sold the rings to a New Jersey auction house for $100,000. At an auction in 2018, a ring sold for over $337,000.
Brady, the most successful quarterback in NFL history, announced Tuesday that he is retiring after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl titles. He led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title last season.