Tue. Apr 23rd, 2019

Tirrell’s Fraud Trial Delayed Until September

“In February, former Des Moines sports radio host, Marty Tirrell was indicted on federal charges of bank, wire and mail fraud, allegedly scamming people out of $1.5 million in a ticket resale scheme.”

While one former sports radio host was sentenced to prison for a conviction of fraud last week, another had their trial delayed amid similar charges.

In February, former Des Moines sports radio host, Marty Tirrell was indicted on federal charges of bank, wire and mail fraud, allegedly scamming people out of $1.5 million in a ticket resale scheme.  Tirrell’s case was supposed to go to trial April 1st, but was instead pushed back to September 9th.  According to local CBS affiliate KCCI, Tirrell’s lawyer requested more time to prepare for the case.

The accusations against Tirrell are reminiscent of ex-WFAN morning host, Craig Carton who last week was sentenced to 42 months in prison for his conviction of fraud in a ticket brokering scam.

According to Tirrell’s indictment, the former Des Moines radio personality was given money by at least eight people to purchase tickets from brokers with plans to resell them for a profit.  Tirrell instead, allegedly kept most or all of the investment money for personal use and to repay earlier investors in a Ponzi-like scheme.

As a longtime sports radio host in Des Moines, Tirrell worked for multiple stations including 1700 The Champ and 1460 KXNO.  During 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.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.