By John Burton
FREEHOLD – Authorities arrested and charged a Matawan man with fraudulently selling more than two dozen season tickets to the New York Giants football games at MetLife Stadium, allegedly passing himself off as an official representative of the team.
John N. Gorman, 47, was arrested last week by detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and charged with second-degree theft by deception, according to Charles Webster, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.
Gorman was released on $50,000 bail.
Authorities said Gorman stole more than $75,000 from 28 victims in the tri-state area from Nov. 9, 2008 through July 31, 2010. Gorman, who was a Giants season ticket holder, allegedly purported himself as a having personal seat licenses (PSL) for sale.
A PSL is a one-time fee that provides a license to individuals for the subsequent purchase of season tickets. The PSL was set up by Giants Stadium, LLC, to coincide with the opening of the MetLife Stadium in 2010. Information about the PSL arrangement was sent to season ticket folders, according to Webster.
Gorman allegedly used the information sent to him by the Giants organization, and on a number of occasions, represented himself as a Giants ticket manager to defraud the victims.
The victims paid in full but never received the tickets, Webster said.
The prosecutor’s office is asking anyone with any information or who had been contacted by Gorman about purchasing tickets to call them at 1-800-533-7443.
If convicted of the charge, Gorman could face as much as 10 years in state prison, Webster said.