Hamilton ticket scammer slapped with another year in prison for second scheme

Having “real chutzpah” sounds like a good thing, except when a federal judge is saying it at your sentencing.

That’s was the less-than-flattering description that convicted Hamilton ticket scammer Joseph Meli heard from federal Judge Ronnie Abrams before she slapped him with another year of prison time—in addition to the six years he’s already serving—for running a second ticket scam after he was found guilty of the first one.

“It really took not only criminal intent, but given the timing when Mr. Meli engaged in this fraud, it took real chutzpah as well and a total lack of concern for the victims,” Abrams said.

Abrams said that up to the moment Meli surrendered

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