Man pleads guilty to professional sports ticket scam, deceived victims in Wisconsin & netted around $100k

(WFRV) – A man from New York City has reportedly pleaded guilty to defrauding Wisconsinities in an alleged professional sports ticket scam.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 28-year-old Nikhil Mahtani was arraigned in federal court and immediately entered a guilty plea to a wire fraud charge. According to court documents, between January 4, 2019, and December 11, 2022, Mahtani placed over 1,000 ads on Craigslist offering high-end tickets and luxury box suites to professional sporting events.

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The release states that tickets and suites were to events at the National Football League and the National Basketball Association. Officials say there were multiple victims throughout the eastern part of Wisconsin.

Mahtani allegedly accepted thousands of dollars in payments for tickets and suites he knew were not real.

Officials mentioned one specific instance where a ‘large’ group of friends and family arrived at the Fiserv Forum for Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2021, but were turned away and told their tickets were fake. That was the night the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Championship.

Overall, Mahtani allegedly got an estimated $100,000 from victims in Wisconsin and across the country from his scheme. He faces up to 20 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 10, 2024.

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He could also be fined up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by multiple agencies, including the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.

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