By Cami Toronto, Communications –
Longtime Des Moines sports radio host Marty Tirrell plead guilty on December 6 to fraud charges. According to court records, Tirrell told radio program investors that he could purchase tickets for various sports events with investor money, resell the tickets, and then split the profit with them. This scam cost investors more than $1 million to Tirrell’s gain.
Tirrell plead guilty for one of the 10 charges of fraud: mail fraud. The nine other charges were dismissed, but Tirrell is now faced with possible sentencing of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 after taking a plea bargain. This is not the first charges to be placed against the sports radio host either. Tirrell has an estimated 24 small claims placed against him in the state of Iowa for various cases and was charged with a felony in 2017 that have since been dropped. These charges do not reflect well on Tirrell’s employers and probably cost the radio stations several investors.
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