Two Illinois men were arrested on November 23 and charged with money laundering, computer fraud, mail fraud and theft as part of a scam involving Titleist Pro V1 golf balls.
Lloyd Morris, of Deerfield, Illinois, and Marco Maggiore, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., allegedly sent e-mail blasts to businesses and consumers offering logoed Pro V1 balls at extremely low prices, according to a press release today from the Acushnet Company, whose brands include Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra. The two men allegedly accepted numerous orders and payments for the balls, but never did fill those orders. They also allegedly placed several orders with golf shops, took possession of the Pro V1s, and never paid for the product.
It’s estimated that the scam caused more than $400,000 in damages.
“This is an unfortunate situation in which innocent people, including charities, corporations, promotional product distributors and golf professionals, fell victim to the deceit,” said Joe Nauman, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal, for the Acushnet Company. “Unfortunately, in this case, the offers were too good to be true. We are an industry leader in protecting our brands, partners and consumers, and we will continue to be diligent in seeking the arrest and prosecution of those who attempt to damage them.”
The Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls are the No. 1 played balls on the worldwide professional tours, including the PGA Tour.