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Super Bowl & NBA Playoff ticket scam leads to plea

April 16, 2019 

HOUSTON – Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Tuesday that a serial scammer pled guilty to two felony theft cases for trying to sell and resell NBA playoff and Super Bowl tickets. Cheryl L. Jackson pled to 25 years and 5 years, respectively, for felony theft for ticket resale scams where she convinced people to front money for the purchase of deeply discounted tickets that would be resold online for a large profit.

“If it looks too good to be true, it probably is,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said.

Jackson falsely claimed her employer provided her access the sports tickets, which she convinced victims could be resold online for a hefty profit. Jackson proposed splitting the cost of the tickets, asking for money upfront to make the purchase, and would then split the online resale profits 50/50.

“The only one profiting from this scheme was Cheryl Jackson,” said Assistant District Attorney Robert Buss. “Through deception and lies, the creation of online personas, and outright fraud, the Ms. Jackson was stealing thousands of dollars from trusting acquaintances, turning them into victims.”

Her scam included suite packages at the 2017 Western Conference playoff series between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Additionally, she used the 2017 Houston Super Bowl as a way to bilk a different victim, promising they would split $39,000 profit made from the online resale from a $3,750 investment.

In total, she collected tens of thousands from unsuspecting victims and is ordered to pay back nearly $41,000 as a condition of parole.

The case was prosecuted by Buss and Assistant District Attorney Aaron Burdette.