San Diego business owners plead guilty in sports fan fraud scheme

SAN DIEGO - Owners of a San Diego company have pleaded guilty to defrauding sports fans who pre-paid for tickets, travel and hotel rooms for out-of-town games, then found themselves stranded.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/16wCxGl ) twin brothers Anthony Casias and Leopold Casias entered pleas Monday to conspiracy to wire fraud in running their business, L&T Sports Events.

Authorities say the 63-year-old brothers took advance payments for tickets, air fare and lodging for home games of the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears and New York Giants.

In most cases, they spent the money on themselves, stranding fans in Oakland, Chicago and New Jersey.

Some fans heeded false promises of reimbursement and paid for tickets a second time.

Each brother faces a maximum 20 years in prison and mandatory restitution to victims

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