Former USGA Employee Charged in Ticket Theft/Resale for US Open

USGA Employee ticket embezzlement
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The U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club is one of the events for which a Perkasie man is accused of stealing and reselling tickets.

A former USGA employee has been charged by the US Attorney’s Office with stealing up to 23,000 tickets to high-profile golfing events over the years, including the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club in Haverford, writes John George in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Fryer was employed by the USGA in its admissions office.

The U.S. Open is one of four major championships for professional golfers.

The tickets were valued at over $3 million and were allegedly resold by Fryer to brokers for cash and via PayPal. The activity allegedly netted Fryer $1 million, according to federal authorities.

The 39-year-old was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, four counts of mail fraud, and 10 counts of wire fraud.

“The defendant allegedly stole revenue from a legitimate business that pays taxes, employs many, supports a non-profit organization, and brings excitement and income to our district with U.S. Open events at courses like the Merion Golf Club,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams.

Fryer, from Bucks County, faces a maximum sentence of 300 years in prison, as well as other fines and restitution to the USGA.

More on this case is at the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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