Iowa sports media appears to have its own version of the Craig Carton ticketing scandal. Marty Tirrell, a major personality in local sports talk radio, has been arrested by the FBI.
According to the Des Moines Register, Tirrell defrauded people out of $1.5 million. Like Carton, he allegedly used his role in media to convince others that he had connections to buy and resell major sports tickets.
The scandal dates back to 2016, and according to the report, began with people receiving the VIP experiences they paid for. At some point, he stopped delivering on his promises though.
Marty Tirrell, nicknamed the "Mouth of the Midwest," has been charged with six fraud charges in connection to the alleged scheme.
He was taken into custody by the FBI on Wednesday afternoon.
From the report by Tyler J. Davis:
Martin "Marty" Tirrell faces six criminal fraud charges tied to the alleged swindling of at least eight people out of $1.5 million in 2016 and 2017, court documents show. Tirrell, who hosted popular talk shows for years on stations including KXNO-AM and appeared on Mediacom's local cable shows, told the investors that, with their money, he could buy sports tickets and resell them at a profit they could all share, the indictment alleges.
Tirrell, 59, originally paid his financiers back and provided them with VIP access to events, federal court records filed Jan. 23 show. But eventually, the government says, Tirrell, who lived in Windsor Heights, Iowa, at the time, began lying to the victims and using their money on personal items, or to pay back other investors.
The full charges against him include counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, access device fraud, and bank fraud.
He is currently being held in jail, and was set to have a trial this afternoon, per the report.