Jim and Jane Comerford told Inside Edition they shelled out $10,000 for two Super Bowl tickets. “This was an opportunity to go see Tom Brady live before he retires and before I die,” Jim said.
But the tickets were never delivered, they say.
Now, police are searching for Ketan Shah, a respected Atlanta-area businessman who allegedly ran the big-time scam, reportedly collecting more than $750,000 from football fans including his own mother before he disappearing.
His devastated wife told police she hasn't heard from him since last month and suspects he "took the money and went to Las Vegas as part of a midlife crisis," according to a police report.
Inside Edition spoke to a longtime employee of the printing business Shah owns, who said the whole company was "shocked."
“Everybody loved him. He was a popular guy,” the employee, who asked not to be named, told Inside Edition. The employee added that they believe Shah’s wife “feels betrayed. We all do.”
Alan Tartt and Stephen Bethea saved up to buy tickets to the game but said they were also scammed by Shah.
“Each ticket was $5,000 each and we bought four of them, so we spent a total of $20,000,” Tartt said. "We're thinking, this guy's legit, we checked his background, we saw that he owns a business."
Instead of seeing the game live, they had to watch the game on TV at the Super Bowl Experience outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“To leave your kids, your daughter, your son, even for a million dollars, we never would have thought that,” Bethea said.