Residents of Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland were among those victimized in the scam. The couple falsely claimed to be selling tickets to events including the World Series, the NBA finals, the Super Bowl, and concerts for Kenny Chesney and Katy Perry.
Todd Steinhaus, charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, having weapons while under disability, and failing to register as a sex offender, faces seventeen years.
Jessica Steinhaus, charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, faces a eleven years in prison.
The couple posted thousands of Craigslist ads using fake names and email addresses. They told victims that they were selling tickets because of a death in the family and other bogus reasons. They will be sentenced early next year.
Their base of operation was in rural Coshocton County, about seventy miles northeast of Columbus.
The conviction was part of the Attorney General’s effort to pursue criminal as well as civil penalties against scammers.
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