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Texas family pleads guilty to Masters lottery fraud

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On Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia announced that four members of a Texas family had pled guilty to wire fraud charges after admitting their role in an “elaborate” scheme to fraudulently obtain Masters tickets and resell them for a sizeable profit.

Per the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s release, the Freeman’s confessed to purchasing a bulk list and used its names and addresses to create several fake accounts in the Masters lottery. When an account that the Freeman’s had created was offered tickets, Stephen Freeman would create counterfeit drivers licenses, utility bills and credit card statements to convince Augusta to change the winning mailing address to one that his family controlled – then selling the tickets at a steep mark-up.

Stephen Freeman appeared before a U.S. District Court in Augusta, GA, and agreed to a sentence of three years in federal prison and $157,493.70 in community restitution, after admitting to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Both Freeman’s parents, as well as his sister, agreed to the same crime but will serve no jail time, with each agreeing to pay $59,000 each in community restitution.

Speaking on the case, FBI agent Chris Hacker said in a statement

“This scheme was designed to profit from the resale of tickets, but in the process, it also would have denied legitimate citizens a fair chance to obtain tickets to a prestigious golf tournament.

We hope that this case sends a message that the FBI will make it a priority to investigate these cases, and if you get caught, you will pay the price.”

All four defendants still face sentencing before a federal judge, who will accept or reject each individuals plea deals.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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The DailyWRX (8/14/2020): Trottie’s iron spin cheat sheet | More Beef | Johnny made Elk’s Twitter

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Seems simple…

But this is GOLD

I have no words….

I do love me some Poults though.

More BEEF please…

On a selfish note….

I made Elk’s Twitter….life goal complete.

The 40-60 sec mark is the sweet spot..

Trust the pros.

DM @johnny_wunder

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Caddie’s bunker infraction proves ruinous at U.S. Amateur 

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At the U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes a rare and cruel ruling on the final hole on Thursday evening put paid to Segundo Oliva Pinto’s chances in his last 16 match against Tyler Strafaci.

All tied up heading down the par 5 last, Oliva Pinto found the greenside bunker with his second shot. While assessing where to land his third shot, Oliva Pinto’s caddie, who is a local caddie from the resort, touched the sand with his hand which was deemed to have been testing the conditions of the bunker.

The local looper denied to rules officials that he touched the sand, despite the evidence proving otherwise.

Rule 12.1/a states that: before making a stroke at a ball in a bunker, a player must not deliberately touch sand in the bunker with a hand, club, rake or other object to test the condition of the sand to learn information for the next stroke. 

Unfortunately for Oliva Pinto, caddies are included in that rule, and the error in judgment proved fatal with the hole concession resulting in the end of the match.

Following the incident, Oliva Pinto was philosophical, saying: “What happened, happened”.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (8.14.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Cool shots of Merion Golf Club courtesy of Ben Keyser.

Digital camo finish on these TM MG2 wedges.

Slick looking irons from Ballistic Golf.

Positive thinking!

Which one you taking, WRXers?

Coming Sunday from NCW Putters.

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Drops Sunday.

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Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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