Masters ticket scheme: Family members from Texas plead guilty, pay $275K in restitution


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Published 2:06 p.m. ET June 17, 2019

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Four members of a Texas family who were accused of running an elaborate Masters ticket scheme are pleading guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and have agreed to pay more than $275,000 in community restitution, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Monday.

Stephen Michael Freeman, a former high school physics teacher from Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty to the charge in U.S. District Court in Augusta, according to Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Freeman agreed to a sentence of 36 months in federal prison and has paid $157,493.70 in community restitution. At sentencing, the court may accept or reject the plea agreement.

The FBI investigated the case that was first reported in late April after the Masters.

Freeman’s parents, Steven Lee Freeman and Diane Freeman, and sister, Christine Oliverson, also entered guilty pleas. The…

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