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Warren Moon Scam: $200K Lost on Miami Heat Tickets, Team Share

Monday, 27 Jan 2014 09:19 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Warren Moon, former NFL star turned Seattle Seahawks radio broadcaster, lost $200,000 recently when he fell victim to scam involving four Miami Heat tickets and a phony offer to become a team owner.

George French Jones, a man police believe has targeted other high-profile athletes, reportedly approached Moon, 57, and offered to sell him four courtside tickets to a Heat game as well as a 5 percent ownership stake in the team, according to MyFoxLA.com.

Moon's agent agreed to wire $200,000 to Jones as payment for the tickets and a down payment for the ownership share. But when Jones failed to send the tickets, Moon filed suit on behalf of his company, Sports 1 Marketing, and then notified the FBI.

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Jones, who authorities suspect is a member of a Los Angeles-based organized theft ring, is still on the loose, MyFoxLA.com reported. The FBI investigation revealed that Jones has approached other athletes with a similar proposal, including a former New England Patriots player and an eight-time NFL Pro Bowler.

Moon played 17 seasons in the NFL and spent time on the Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs. He holds the sixth place spot on the all-time passing list with 49,325 yards. Moon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

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