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Man convicted of selling fake Masters passes

A 46-year-old man was convicted Tuesday of selling 15 phony badges for the 2001 Masters Tournament for $24,000.

James Lee Davis, 46, of McBean, was found guilty of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and 26 counts of second-degree forgery. He will be sentenced later.

Davis responded to an advertisement in The Augusta Chronicle placed by two New York men who wanted to purchase the badges to gain entry to the golf tournament.

Vince Caruso and Stephen Simon, who do business as Ticketsales.com, 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 March 13, 2001 after a search of his home turned up 26 more fake badges to be sold to other ticket-sales companies.

Defense attorney Jeff Bowman tried to convince the Superior Court jury that the two New York men lied during their testimony.

``It's just one lie after another. They lied about who they are, their cellular phone numbers and their bank accounts,'' Bowman said.

District Attorney Danny Craig asked the jury to consider the evidence and testimony of the witnesses. He said Davis ``has made a career of lying.''


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