Jeffrey Marcussen, ex-Phoenix Suns employee pleads guilty in illegally selling tickets for team. He agrees to pay the restitution

An ex- Phoenix SunsA plea agreement was filed in Maricopa Superior Court. According to it, the ticket manager pleaded guilty for illegally selling more that 2,800 tickets of the team through a third-party between 2017 and 2019. The team will pay $458,218 in restitution.

Jeffrey Marcussen was a Suns employee from 2004 to 2019. He is due to be sentenced to felony fraud and theft on June 7. The combined charges could lead to a maximum 13-year sentence. However, the plea deal submitted to the judge by prosecutors calls for probation with no more than a year in prison. According to court records, Marcussen must also contribute $1,780 to Arizona Attorney General's antiracketeering fund and $11,818 the Arizona Department of Revenue.

Marcussen (44), is not connected to the NBA investigation into the Phoenix Suns or majority owner Robert Sarver.

According to court records Marcussen was charged in September 2020 with four felonies including two counts of filing false tax returns. Prosecutors claim that Marcussen illegally sold tickets to StubHub, an online ticket retailer site. The platform doesn't allow the Suns to sell tickets.

“StubHub reached out to the NBA after it found five Stub Hub accounts that were all linked to Marcussen,” prosecutors wrote in November 2020 to Marcussen's motion for modification of release conditions and travel out of state. Law enforcement conducted an investigation into the case following an audit by the Phoenix Suns Organization. The audit included a confession made by the defendant. A bank record confirmed that the total amount paid by Stub Hub to the Defendant was $458,218.

Suns employees were informed by an email sent to the entire company that Marcussen was no more employed by the team in late June 2019. Team sources say no reason was stated in this email. Marcussen was listed in the 2018-19 media guide as Assistant Director, Suns Ticketing.

Requests for comment were not answered by the Arizona Attorney General's Office or the Suns.

Marcussen's attorney Mark Kokanovich told ESPN that Marcussen worked for the Phoenix Suns nearly 20 years. Jeff started selling tickets after the brutal murder of his brother. Jeff admitted to the sales, and he reimbursed the team. He also cooperated with the Arizona Attorney General's Office.

Thomas Marcussen, Marcussen's older brother, was murdered in 2014.

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