Scamming people is bad in itself, but from your own mother??
You can pretty much guarantee that if it’s huge event somewhere in the country, there will be thousands of people around trying to scam unsuspecting folks out of their hard earned money.
That brings us to prominent Gwinnett County businessman Ketan Shah, who allegedly took home nearly $1 million in a Super Bowl ticket and business scam. The story gets that much crazier when his own wife reported him missing in January.
Records obtained by Channel 2 Action News early Thursday morning show the man’s own mother has accused him of theft tied to the scam, and his wife told Channel 2 investigative reporter Nicole Carr she hasn’t seen him since reporting him missing early this month.
Carr received the tip about Ketan Shah from an alleged victim who lives in Sandy Springs. The man told Carr that Shah, who owns a digital printing shop and sits on numerous community boards, took off with $20,000 and never delivered premium Super Bowl tickets.
“It’s just crazy, mind-blowing,” Alan Tartt told Carr, citing Shah’s “squeaky-clean” business reputation. “Everything seemed legit.”
In November, text messages show Tartt began communicating with Shah, with whom he connected through a mutual friend. He and two others told police they started making $5,000 payments to Shah as regular deposits on $20,000 worth of tickets.
But when it came time to meet late this month, Tartt said he couldn’t reach Shah. He went to Sandy Springs police, the FBI and his bank to file reports.
Even though he took upwards of $36,000 from her in the scam, his mother declined to press charges.