Texas Rangers ticket scheme lands family members in federal prison

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Two brothers-in-law have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison sentences for using craigslist to fraudulently sell tickets to sporting events, including the Texas Rangers.

U.S. District Judge John McBryde sentenced Anthony Troy Johnson, 44, of Karnack to four years in prison and James Lee Williams II, 40, of Dallas, to 10 years in prison on wire fraud charges, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana of Northern Texas.

The two men orchestrated a scheme in which they advertised tickets to Texas Rangers games and to football games on craigslist and tell the victims they would be mailed to them or could be picked up at the game or event.

But, instead of purchasing the ticket to the designated game or event, Williams and Johnson would then would use that credit card information to buy airline tickets and tickets to concerts and other attractions, such as Six Flags Over Texas, and sell those tickets to someone else.

Williams was arrested by Arlington police in August of 2012 after they searched his hotel room and found written ledgers of sporting events and concerts, documents showing credit card information, cell phones and tickets.

Some of the documents were stuffed in the toilet, causing it to overflow, and a laptop computer was thrown out of a window.

Williams, who has been in custody since his arrest, also was ordered to pay more than $77,000 in restitution. He was originally sentenced on April 26.

Karnack, who was ordered him to pay more than $66,000 in restitution, was sentenced July 5 and was told to report to federal prison by July 26.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service also participated in this investigation, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Wolfe.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696 Twitter: @fwstliz

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