According to MercuryNews.com, a Florida man named Robert Pham has been arrested for scamming 49ers’ fans out of $5,900 worth of Super Bowl tickets.
Not only did Pham scam people he also taunted them in the process.
Sharon Osgood, a Hayward resident and die-hard 49ers fan, and others sent the money to a man she met on Craigslist claiming to be a Ravens fan who had four tickets but could not make it to the game. She subsequently received a FedEx package that contained “Go Ravens! LOL!” messages and other insults — but no tickets.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said the case turned out to be an unwieldy web of deceit that took them two months to untangle. Authorities say suspect Robert Pham, 37, had likely scammed other people before, and even told police he was a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve and that his father-in-law was the Ravens’ physical therapist. They found 15 different addresses ranging from Florida to Las Vegas and multiple bank accounts linked to Pham.
“There was still all that anger about how could somebody do this and just think it was OK and send a note like that,” Osgood, 49, said Wednesday. “Now it’s kind of come to closure.”
Pham, who told police he was innocent, lives in the South Florida town of Coral Springs
and was being held in jail there in lieu of $20,000 bail while awaiting extradition to Alameda County, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors were filing one count of felony theft by false pretenses.
“I don’t think he was a Ravens fan; I think he’s a scam artist fan,” Nelson said. “This is not his first rodeo.”
It sounds like Mr. Pham will be heading to the state pen soon. Hope it was worth it for him.