Friday, December 22, 2006
A Hudson man who swindled 41 people out of a combined $255,000 in an online scam in which he sold Super Bowl tickets he did not have has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison.
Michael R. Deppe, 20, was also sentenced yesterday to three years of probation and was ordered to pay $12,500 in fines and $520,000 in restitution, which includes other online scams.
Deppe was convicted in May of three counts of wire fraud and two counts of mail fraud.
He had previously pleaded guilty to another scheme in which he received about $115,000 for selling electronics and Rolex watches online that were never delivered.
Deppe and another man partnered to sell tickets over online auction site eBay to the Feb. 3, 2005 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in Jacksonville, Fla.
The tickets were never delivered to the customers who ordered them and their money was never refunded, prosecutors said.
The other man was not charged.