Marketing agent Mike Ornstein awaiting sentencing
Following up on the report earlier today by Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal, sports marketing agent Mike Ornstein is awaiting sentencing in January after he pleaded guilty to federal charges in a case involving Super Bowl tickets and fake game-worn NFL jerseys.
Ornstein, according to the report, was charged in federal court with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property and property obtained by fraud, money laundering and one count of mail fraud.
Ornstein was ordered to pay $350,000 and has paid $110,000 so far. He reportedly had two properties for sale as he attempts to raise funds.
According to records cited in the report, Ornstein “caused individuals from whom he obtained Super Bowl tickets to submit false documentation to their employers regarding the disposition of the Super Bowl tickets. These false documents were then transmitted, by interstate wire communications, and by United States mail and commercial carriers to New York, New York.”
Ornstein has very close ties to the New Orleans Saints and coach Sean Payton and was a regular in the team’s locker room after games last season. The New Orleans Times Picayune details Ornstein’s close involvement with the organization and points out that Payton devoted a chapter in his recent book to Ornstein.
The Saints, obviously, would have had access to a lot of Super Bowl tickets this past season. But the report indicates Ornstein was being looked at for selling Super Bowl tickets from 1998 through 2006. Ornstein was convicted of federal mail fraud in 1997.
It’s probably worth keeping an eye on this to see if the scope of the case and investigation widens.
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