SAN DIEGO -- Twin 63-year-old brothers were sentenced Friday to federal prison for defrauding sports fans by persuading them to pay for tickets, hotel accommodations and airline flights for out-of-town events and then failing to provide "nearly all the services."
Anthony Casias was sentenced to 36 months, Leopold Casias Jr. to 33 months. Both had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in running their business, L&T Sports Events Inc.
Among the victims were members of their mother's rosary group, said U.S. District Judge John Houston.
"You are not [Wall Street swindler] Madoff," Houston told the two before passing sentence. "This was not a sophisticated scheme. This was an old-fashioned, salt-of-the-earth swindle."
A father wanted to take his son to a game between the
A dozen Chargers fans bought tickets and hotel accommodations from L&T for a game in Chicago between the Chargers and the
. But when the fans got to Chicago, there were no tickets and no hotel accommodations.