Family of 4 charged in Masters ticket scheme

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Augusta, Ga. (WJBF) A family of 4 being charged in a Masters Golf Tournament ticket scheme.
The Department of Justice says they have been charged with fraudulently obtaining tickets, to resell them.

Now Stephen Michael Freeman, Steven Lee Freeman, Diane Freeman and Christine Oliverson are facing several charges including Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud.
All are from Texas.


Court documents show they used names and address from a purchased bulk mailing list to create fake accounts in the Augusta National Golf Club’s online ticket application system.
Allegedly the people who’s names they used, were not aware of this.  
Then, if any of those names were chosen to receive Masters tickets and the defendants were notified via the email addresses provided for them, Stephen Michael Freeman would create fake identification documents to persuade the Augusta National to change the winner’s mailing address to one that was under control of the conspiracy.

Once the defendants received the tickets at those addresses via U.S. Mail, they would then resell the tickets at a substantial profit.
If convicted, the family faces up to 20 years in prison and fines.

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