Man Convicted of Selling Fake Masters Badges


James Lee Davis was convicted Tuesday of selling 15 phony badges for the 2001 Masters Tournament for $24,000.
The 46-year-old was found guilty of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and 26 counts of second-degree forgery. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Davis responded to an advertisement in The Augusta Chronicle placed by two New York men who wanted to buy the exclusive badges to gain entry to the event.
Vince Caruso and Stephen Simon, who do business as, called the sheriff's office March 2 after their customers, who had been to the Masters in the past, recognized the badges as counterfeits.
Davis was arrested less than two weeks later after a search of his home turned up 26 more fake badges to be sold to other ticket-sales companies.
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