Georgia police are looking for a man who scammed his friends and family, including his own mother, out of $750,000 selling fake Super Bowl tickets. Officials say that Ketan Shah has been missing since January.
“Right now, what we know of is just slightly over three-quarters of a million dollars scammed out for Super Bowl-related stuff,” Cpl. Wilbert Rundles, a Gwinnett County police spokesperson, told WSBTV. “It’s not that he posted some ad and random people are contacting this guy for tickets and being scammed. He’s known these people for many years.”
One of the victims was Alan Tartt, who knew Shah through a mutual friend, and was the first to report Shah to the authorities. In an interview with WSBTV, Tartt said that he never received the tickets from Shah after paying him $20,000 and that he was unable to get in touch with Shah.
“It’s just crazy, mind-blowing,” Tartt told reporter Nicole Carr, adding that “everything seemed legit” and that Shah has a “squeaky-clean reputation” in the community.
Other victims include Shah’s own mother, who lost $36,000 yet is declining to press charges, and his brother-in-law.
And Shah’s wife, Bhavi, apparently was unaware of her husband’s dealings. When questioned by the police as to the whereabouts of Shah, the woman said, “He’s been roaming all over the town… I really don’t know where he is now.
Gwinnett County police reported that if Shah didn’t make good on his end of the deals by Sunday, when the Super Bowl took place, he would face multiple charges.