Jury convicts dealer in White Sox ticket rip-off


CHICAGO — A federal jury has convicted a ticket dealer of allegedly bilking the Chicago White Sox out of a whole bunch of hundreds of {dollars} by fraudulently promoting tickets to the crew’s video games with the assistance of two White Sox ticket sellers.

After a four-day trial, the jury in Chicago convicted Bruce Lee, 35, on Wednesday of 11 counts of wire fraud. A federal choose set Lee’s sentencing for Jan. 10.

An indictment made public final 12 months alleged that Lee, proprietor of Chicago-based brokerage Nice Tickets, made greater than $860,000 by fraudulently promoting almost 35,000 tickets over 4 baseball seasons from 2016 to 2019.

Lee’s lawyer, Nishay Sanan, stated he believes the jury “acquired it fallacious” and stated Lee will “proceed to battle” the conviction.

“They did not have a look at the proof that the federal government offered,” Sanan stated in an e-mail.

Prosecutors stated two now-former White Sox ticket gross sales sales space staffers, James Costello and William O’Neil, generated hundreds of complimentary and low cost tickets — with out required vouchers — and gave them to Lee in alternate for money.

Lee would then promote the tickets on StubHub whereas the White Sox obtained nothing, prosecutors stated.

“It is a case about greed,” Assistant U.S. Legal professional Matthew Schneider earlier informed the jury.

Costello and O’Neil pleaded responsible in August 2020 to federal expenses for his or her roles within the scheme and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

The White Sox stated in an announcement that the crew is “very happy by the willpower of the jury on this case. We’re glad that the one who orchestrated the theft and profited probably the most has been held accountable.”