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Broker Who Scammed Georgia Fans Last Season Is On The Run

Georgia fans watch flyover ahead of game at Notre Dame.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Fans watch a military flyover prior to a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Georgia Bulldogs at Notre Dame Stadium on September 9, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Georgia football had a rare trip to South Bend to face Notre Dame last season. The game set the stage for the Bulldogs' surprising run to the College Football Playoff, and with a road trip like that, a lot of Dawgs fans were interested in tickets.

Unfortunately, one broker wound up stiffing hundreds of fans, failing to deliver tickets.

Jeff Cook was arrested last September after the incident. From WXIA in Atlanta:

The Sheriff’s Office executed a warrant at Cook’s house in Eatonton on Friday morning and arrested him, Sills told 11Alive.

Cook is charged with selling sports tickets without a license and advertising sports tickets for sale without posting a license number and his advertisements. He was released later on Friday after he posted bond of $2,000.

Today, Jeff Cook was supposed to begin his 180-day jail sentence for the Georgia football ticket scam.

Per a report by, Cook did not show up to begin his sentence. Now, the local sheriff says that a search for him is underway:

“As we speak, a warrant is being obtained for his arrest charging him with felonious escape,” said (Putnam County Sheriff Howard) Sills, speaking by telephone while vacationing on the Georgia coast. “I was present in court when he was sentenced, I made this case and he was specifically instructed by the chief judge of our circuit that he was to surrender at 9 a.m. this morning. He has not and I’m getting ready to send the hounds to find him.”

Earlier this year, Cook pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft and one count of selling tickets without a license, according to Sills. After release, Cook is to serve nine years of probation. Cook is also banned from all UGA athletic events and from UGA property.

Plenty of UGA fans made it into the stadium to watch the Dawgs' dramatic 20-19 road win. Still, this was a rough ordeal for those whose promised tickets were never delivered.