Robert Fryer, a former employee of the USGA, reportedly embezzled over $3 million worth of U.S. Open tickets, according to charges filed by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Federal prosecutors say Fryer stole U.S. Open ticket, starting in 2013 and continuing through 2019, then resold them to brokers, pocketing over $1 million in profit.
Fryer was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, four counts of mail fraud, and 10 counts of wire fraud related to a scheme to embezzle and pocket fraudulent proceeds.
“The defendant allegedly stole revenue from a legitimate business that pays taxes, employs many, supports a non-profit organization, and brings excitement and income to our district with U.S. Open events at courses like the Merion Golf Club,” said Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams.
“Criminals that conduct ticket schemes like this prey on the excitement surrounding big events; fans should remember that any item with a low price that seems ‘too good to be true’ should be cause for caution and concern.”
According to the charges, Fryer delivered the stolen U.S. Open tickets to the ticket brokers in a variety of ways: sometimes in person, and sometimes by sending them via Federal Express or UPS, either to the ticket brokers themselves or directly to the customers of the ticket brokers.
With a conviction, Fryer faces up to 20 years in federal prison.