Travel company says counterfeit badges have been sold

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Travel company says counterfeit badges have been sold

An Arizona company specializing in golf vacation sales has filed a lawsuit against Joe Mullins alleging that he provided counterfeit tickets to the Masters tournament in 2018 and did not receive badges in 2019.

Golf Travel LLC filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in Augusta on April 9th. The lawsuit seeks hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, more than $ 1.5 million in future earnings, and punitive damages.

Golf Travel’s lawsuit is the second brought in federal court against Mullins for the sale of Masters practice round tickets and tournament badges. In 2013, Global Events Management filed a lawsuit alleging Mullins paid $ 300,000 for tournament badges but failed to deliver what allegedly cost the company at least $ 900,000. This lawsuit was settled in February 2017 on undisclosed terms.

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Golf Travel’s lawsuit alleges that the purchase of 183 practice round tickets and 95 badges for the 2018 tournament was arranged. The company claims it paid Mullins a total of $ 606,150. But 43 of his customers were stopped at the gate for presenting fake IDs. Golf Travel customers were accompanied by the Augusta National Golf Club. Golf Travel claims it had to pay $ 200,400 to replace badges and refund an additional $ 103,032.

The following year, before Golf Travel claims to have learned what really happened in 2018, it paid Mullins $ 840,900 for practice tickets and tournament badges. The company claims Mullins failed to deliver the tickets and badges and later failed to refund the money paid in advance.

The only authorized seller of Masters tickets and badges is Augusta National. For the 2022 tournament, applications can be submitted from June 1st to June 21st, according to an earlier report in The Augusta Chronicle.

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