Georgia Man Allegedly Scammed Victims, Including Mother, Out of $750K After Promising Super Bowl Tickets

Police are searching for Ketan Shah, an Atlanta-area businessman who's accused of promising Super Bowl tickets to a dozen people, taking their money and failing to deliver.
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A Georgia man allegedly swindled friends and family, including his own mother, out of over $750,000 in a Super Bowl ticket scam. 

Police are searching for Ketan Shah, an Atlanta-area businessman who's accused of promising Super Bowl tickets to a dozen people, taking their money and failing to deliver, according to NBC News.

Among the alleged victims, according to a police report, is Shah's mother, Jayaben, from whom he allegedly took $36,000. 

"The money totals well over three-quarters of a million dollars,” Cpl. Wilbert Rundles of the Gwinnett County Police Department told WAGA-TV

It is pretty surprising when you would take advantage of a friend or family members, but your own mother?" he added. "It’s quite troubling.”

Jayaben is declining to press charges against her son, but others might not be so forgiving. 

Alleged victim John Brunetti told WAGA-TV he's lost $50,000. 

“I just didn’t account for maybe this guy will leave his job, leave his wife, leave his 12-year-old son, his daughter who’s at UGA [University of Georgia] and just skip town,” Brunetti said. “I never in a million years played that into a possible scenario.”

Another alleged victim, Alan Tartt, told NBC News that Shah's wife told him she hasn't seen him since Jan. 3.

“I reached out to his family, friends — no one knew where he was,” Tartt said, adding that he contacted police after talking to Shah's wife. 

At the moment, Shah has not been criminally charged because the game has yet to be played. Once it is, however, Shah will face multiple counts of theft by deception, according to police. 

The Los Angeles Rams take on the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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