49ers faithful were bilked, taunted by Ravens 'fan'
They may have lost the Super Bowl, but at least San Francisco 49ers fans can now relish the fact that police in Florida have arrested a Baltimore Ravens "fan" who scammed and taunted Niners faithful out of $5,900 for tickets to the big game.
Alameda County authorities on Wednesday said they have solved a case that gained national attention after this newspaper reported the scam before last month's Super Bowl.
Sharon Osgood, a Hayward resident and die-hard 49ers fan, and others sent the money to a man she met on Craigslist claiming to be a Ravens fan who had four tickets but could not make it to the game. She subsequently received a FedEx package that contained "Go Ravens! LOL!" messages and other insults -- but no tickets.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office said the case turned out to be an unwieldy web of deceit that took them two months to untangle. Authorities say suspect Robert Pham, 37, had likely scammed other people before, and even told police he was a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve and that his father-in-law was the Ravens' physical therapist. They found 15 different addresses ranging from Florida to Las Vegas and multiple bank accounts linked to Pham.
"There was still all that anger about how could somebody do this and just think it was OK and send a note like that," Osgood, 49, said Wednesday. "Now it's kind of come to closure."
Pham, who told police he was innocent, lives in the South Florida town of Coral Springshttp://www.mercurynews.com/southbayfootball/ci_22882630/super-bowl-ticket-scammer-arrested-after-taunting-bilking