Fantasy football scheme: Atlanta man allegedly stole $500K from investors

An Atlanta man faces wire and tax fraud charges after allegedly scamming money out of investors who thought he was starting a fantasy football league partnered with the Georgia Lottery Corporation, authorities said.

An Atlanta man appeared in court Tuesday after allegedly participating in a faux fantasy football scheme that scammed investors out of $500,000, authorities said.

Timothy Cobb, 53, used his company, Skyboxx Sports, LLC, to raise money to start a fantasy football league partnered with the Georgia Lottery Corporation, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said in a news release.

Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick told that the lottery “was not working with (Cobb) in any way.”

Instead of using the money he raised to try to complete the business venture, he allegedly went on personal trips to Barbados and Mexico City, the release said. He’s accused of also using the money to dine in Atlanta, Miami Beach and New York in addition to buying other personal items.

Cobb is also accused of filing false federal income tax returns that “deliberately omitted the information he stole from his investors,” the release said.

He faces wire and tax fraud charges, the release said.

The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the incident.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the news release came from the Fulton County District Attorney's Office.

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It happened around 3 a.m. Saturday in a gated community off Peachtree Road near the Brookhaven MARTA station.

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