Utah Man Pleads Guilty in Fiesta Bowl Ticket Scam

Utah Man Pleads Guilty in Fiesta Bowl Ticket Scam

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A former Utah ticket broker has pleaded guilty to charges in an online ticket scam during last year's college football championship game.

Mark Beaver pleaded guilty yesterday to eight counts of communications fraud and two counts of theft.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped eight additional theft charges, two communications fraud charges and one charge of unlawful activity.

The Salt Lake City man was accused of taking more than 100-thousand dollars from football fans who wanted tickets to the Fiesta Bowl in January of last year. Court documents say Beaver offered the tickets on eBay but never delivered them after fans paid for them.

Beaver will be sentenced in April. He faces between one and 15 years in prison for each count.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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