Brothers accused of scamming sports fans

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SAN DIEGO — A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charges twin brothers from San Diego with defrauding local sports fans by getting clients of their company to pay in advance for game tickets, travel, lodging and transportation, then failing to deliver the services promised.

sports1Anthony Donald Casias and Leopold Ronald Casias Jr. are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud.

According to the charging documents, clients of the defendants’ company, L&T Sports Events Inc., paid in advance for travel and tickets to out-of-town sporting events, such as a New York Giants home game or a football game at Notre Dame.

The 62-year-old brothers told clients that they would purchase specific flights, game tickets and hotel accommodations for them for a set amount of money, prosecutors said.

The clients paid the advance fees asked of them, but the defendants failed to provide nearly all of the services contracted for by their victims, instead diverting the payments for their own personal or business expenses, the government alleges.

Their clients were stranded in such locations as Oakland, Chicago and Hoboken, N.J.. without game tickets, a hotel room, and, in at least one instance, a valid return trip home to San Diego, the indictment alleges.

While the clients were at the out-of-town location, the Casias brothers instructed them to pay a second time for tickets to the game they had traveled there to see and for other supposedly pre-paid services, according to the indictment.

Clients frequently did so upon the defendants’ false promises that the victims would be reimbursed. Once the clients returned to San Diego, the defendants avoided their phone calls and failed to refund their money, according to the indictment.

On one occasion, the defendants allegedly used an individual’s credit card to pay for another L & T Sports client’s trip to Hawaii.

Anyone allegedly victimized by L&T Sports should contact the FBI at (858) 565-1255.