Attorney General Masto Announces Guilty Plea of Carson City Woman In Connection With Selling Fake NBA Tickets

September 29, 2014

Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced that Megan Klein, 39, of Carson City, plead guilty to identity theft in connection with fraud charges related to a 2013 scheme in which professional athletes were targeted for the sale of fictitious ownership interests in the NBA team, the Miami Heat, and for purchasing counterfeit season tickets.

“My office collaborated with Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate and arrest Ms. Klein,” said Masto.  “It is because of this partnership that we were able to stop this scam and protect consumers’ interests.”

Klein pled guilty to obtaining and using personal identifying information of another person for an unlawful purpose or identity theft, a Category B felony. Klein faces one to twenty years in prison. 

Klein was found to be an accomplice for George Jones, who was charged in Los Angeles with fraud including grand theft and identity theft offenses following an investigation by Calif. authorities.  Klein told investigators she became associated with Jones after answering an on-line ad he posted looking for an assistant.  Klein allegedly used two false identities to arrange the sales of fraudulent tickets in premium seating areas.  She was also charged with defrauding sports marketing agent and an attorney, who wired a combined $350,000 to Jones’ bank accounts to purchase shares of the Miami Heat on behalf of professional athlete clients.  Klein communicated with victims between June 2013 and January 2014.

To read more on the investigation and collaboration with LAPD and the FBI, read the May 16 press release on the arrest of Klein.

The case is being prosecuted in Carson City by Senior Deputy Attorney General Ronda Clifton of the Attorney General's Fraud Unit.

The Nevada Attorney General Office can assist victims of identity theft though the Nevada Identity Theft Program. For more information visit our website or call 1-877-213-5227.

2014-05-16 Klein Megan

(Photo courtesy of Carson City Sheriff’s Office)



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