After being taken into custody on Wednesday, former De Moines, Iowa sports radio host, Marty Tirrell has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly scamming people out of $1.5 million.
Tirrell faces six criminal fraud charges and currently remains in Polk County Jail. The former sports radio host is alleged to have scammed at least eight victims in a sports ticket resale scheme.
The accusations against Tirrell are reminiscent of those that led to the downfall of popular New York sports radio host, Craig Carton who was arrested in September 2017. Last November, Carton was found guilty on multiple fraud charges and faces up to 45 years in prison as he awaits his sentencing later this month.
The FBI began asking questions about Tirrell last summer after he was sued at least 20 times by people claiming they were scammed by the former sports talker. The alleged scheme promised investors, sporting event tickets would be purchased and resold for a profit. Originally, Tirrell followed through and paid his investors back, but according to the government, Tirrell began lying to victims, using their money to repay previous financiers or purchase personal items.
Tirrell spent decades as a sports radio host in De Moines, working for multiple stations including 1700 The Champ and 1460 KXNO among others. Over the course of two decades, Tirrell co-hosted the popular Marty and Miller Show with Ken Miller which ended in 2017. Miller has no involvement in the federal case against Tirrell.