Perkasie man sentenced for stealing greater than $3.3M price of US Open tickets

PHILADELPHIA – A person from Bucks County who admitted to stealing greater than $3 million price of U.S. Open tickets has discovered his sentence.

Robert Fryer, 40, of Perkasie, was sentenced Wednesday to 14 months in jail, three years of supervised launch, and was ordered to pay $3.3 million in restitution to the United States Golf Affiliation, based on a information launch from the Division of Justice.

He was additionally ordered to forfeit the $1,150,000 million in income he amassed.

Fryer participated in a conspiracy to steal and promote greater than $3.3 million price of U.S. Open Golf match tickets from USGA, his former employer, the DOJ stated.

In October 2021, Fryer pleaded responsible and admitted that he bought the tickets for roughly $1.2 million to 2 completely different Philadelphia-area ticket brokers, Jeremi Michael Conaway, 46, of West Chester, (who owns and operates Eagle Eye Ticketing Administration) and James Bell, 70, of Glen Mills, “who owns and operates Sherry’s Theater Ticket Company), based on the information launch.

Conaway and Bell had been each beforehand sentenced to jail for his or her roles within the conspiracy.

Starting in 2013 in reference to the U.S. Open held on the Merion Golf Membership, whereas working for the USGA of their admissions workplace, Fryer realized that he may exploit a weak spot within the USGA’s ticket monitoring protocol and steal tickets to the U.S. Open with out the information of the USGA, the DOJ stated.

Quite than notify his employer of the flaw, Fryer admitted that he stole 1000’s of U.S. Open tickets in reference to the U.S. Open at Merion and organized to promote the stolen tickets to Conaway, who on the time labored for one more ticket brokerage within the space, based on the DOJ.

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The DOJ says Fryer continued to steal and promote tickets to Conaway for each subsequent U.S. Open by means of 2019, and he would have stolen tickets to the 2020 U.S. Open besides it was held with out followers that 12 months because of the pandemic.

In reference to the 2017 U.S. Open, the DOJ says Fryer additionally bought stolen U.S. Open tickets to Bell, who operated one other native space ticket brokerage.

Fryer admitted to stealing greater than $3 million price of U.S. Open tickets and promoting them for about $1.2 million to his two co-conspirators, who themselves bought the tickets for a revenue, based on the DOJ.