ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis County man pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal wire fraud charge and admitted bilking victims with bogus online offers of tickets to various sporting events, including St. Louis Cardinals games.
From September 2015 to July 2016, Darrin Landes, now 46, offered tickets to the 2016 Masters golf tournament, the Kentucky Derby and other events, and sometimes also offered accommodations in homes or hotels, prosecutors said. He either did not have the tickets that he sold, or only had one ticket that he sold multiple times, they said.
Landes promised to deliver the tickets after he was paid via PayPal, but did not deliver, prosecutors said.
Landes is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 16 and could face 12 to 18 months under federal sentencing recommendations. Any prison time would run consecutive to his penalty for violating his supervised release stemming from a 2013 wire fraud case.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly stated the relationship between the sentences for the current crime and the 2013 case. This version has been corrected.