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Canadian sentenced to a year in U.S. prison in soccer ticket scam

April 27, 2021 – A Canadian-Maltese dual citizen has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud in a U.S.-based sports ticket scam. 

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), Joseph Gatt, 75, recruited three investors into a fraudulent company sometime between 2009 and 2014 while he was living in the New Orleans, La. area. He claimed to have connections to purchase tickets to the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup below face value, andsaid he could resell them at a higher cost. 

The three investors contributed more than US$95,000 to the operation, but instead of using the money for the business, Gatt used the money for “personal purchases,”the DoJ said. CTV News reports. | READ MORE