Two brokers charged with conspiracy, fraud in US Open golf ticket scheme

Suspects allegedly re-sold $3.7 million in stolen tickets, some for 2013 U.S. Open at Ardmore

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two suburban Philadelphia ticket brokers are charged with conspiring to steal and sell thousands of U.S. Open golf tickets worth more than $3.7 million.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office Jeremi Conaway, 46 from West Chester and James Bell, 69 from Glen Mills, allegedly purchased stolen U.S. Open tickets from former United States Golf Association employee Robert Fryer.

Conaway and Bell have been charged separately with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and one count of wire fraud.

FBI investigators allege Conaway and Bell sold the stolen tickets through their ticket agencies for profit.

Fryer has already pleaded guilty to operating the fraud scheme. The U.S. Attorney’s Office office said the USGA was unaware of the operation.

Conaway allegedly got involved in the the scheme in 2013 when he purchased tickets from Fryer for the U.S. Open when it was held at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. His involvement allegedly continued through 2019.

Bell is accused of purchasing and selling the tickets from 2017 into 2019.