A woman who scammed various sports fans out of thousands of dollars for the Super Bowl and NBA Playoffs pleaded guilty to two felony theft charges and was sentenced to 25 and 5 years in prison, respectively.
According to Click 2 Houston, Cheryl L. Jackson convinced people to purchase deeply discounted tickets that would be resold online for a large profit, The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said. The tickets included suite packages for the 2017 Western Conference playoff series between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
She reportedly asked the victims to front the money for these tickets that were from her employer, promising to resell them online for a hefty profit that they would split. However, Jackson was the only one who profited from the scheme, Assistant District Attorney Robert Buss notes. Additionally, she convinced another fan to pay her $3,750 for 2017 Super Bowl tickets, and they would split the profit of $39,000, but did not follow her word.
“Through deception and lies, the creation of online personas and outright fraud, Ms. Jackson was stealing thousands of dollars from trusting acquaintances, turning them into victims,” Buss said.
In order to be eligible for parole, Jackson has been ordered to pay back nearly $41,000.