Man Who Scammed UGA Fans With Fake Tickets Skips Town

Jeff Cook was arrested last September after swindling Georgia fans for tickets in a rare trip to South Bend to play Notre Dame  Here is an excerpt from WXIA in Atlanta earlier this year.  

The Sheriff’s Office executed a warrant at Cook’s house in Eatonton on Friday morning and arrested him, Sills told 11Alive.

Cook is charged with selling sports tickets without a license and advertising sports tickets for sale without posting a license number and his advertisements. He was released later on Friday after he posted bond of $2,000.

Today Cook was set to begin his 180 day jail sentence. Instead, he was a no show.   Authorities are now searching for him 

“As we speak, a warrant is being obtained for his arrest charging him with felonious escape,” said (Putnam County Sheriff Howard) Sills, speaking by telephone while vacationing on the Georgia coast. “I was present in court when he was sentenced, I made this case and he was specifically instructed by the chief judge of our circuit that he was to surrender at 9 a.m. this morning. He has not and I’m getting ready to send the hounds to find him.”

Earlier this year, Cook pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft and one count of selling tickets without a license, according to Sills. After release, Cook is to serve nine years of probation. Cook is also banned from all UGA athletic events and from UGA property.

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