SALT LAKE CITY -- A former Utah ticket broker was sentenced
to prison Monday for charges in an online ticket scam during last
year's college football championship game.
Mark Beaver, of Salt Lake City, was sentenced to one to 15 years
in prison for each of eight counts of communications fraud and two
counts of theft. Under a plea deal, prosecutors dropped eight
additional theft charges, two communications fraud charges and one
count of unlawful activity.
Judge Sheila McCleve also ordered the sentences to run
concurrently and for Beaver to pay more than $200,000 in
restitution to the 86 victims.
Beaver was accused of taking money from hopeful football fans
wanting to attend the Jan. 3, 2003, Fiesta Bowl between Ohio State
According to court documents, Beaver offered the tickets on the
Internet auction site eBay. Fans paid half the ticket price in
advance, sending him payment through an Internet pay service.
Prosecutors allege he told buyers he would meet them at a hotel
or restaurant in Tempe, Ariz., before the game with the tickets.
Many fans who bought into the scam traveled to the Phoenix area,
believing up until game time that they would meet Beaver for their
tickets, but he never showed.
Beaver was arrested last June.