CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The president of the Cincinnati RollerGirls was sentenced Tuesday for illegally obtaining more than 525 airline tickets.
Mercedes Stafford, who skates under the name 'Sadistic Sadie,' will spend 30 months behind bars.
Investigators say Stafford used her job with United Airlines at CVG to illegally obtain the tickets in a period between May 2007 and October 2009.
Stafford, 34, of Cincinnati, pleaded guilty on June 1, 2010 to one count of wire fraud. She fraudulently bought "involuntary tickets" that airlines issue when a passenger's flight is cancelled or delayed. She created fake ticket numbers that she used to buy real tickets on United and other airlines for herself, her friends, her family, the Cincinnati RollerGirls, and other individuals associated with roller derby events, including other roller derby teams. The tickets were for flights through the United States, as well as to Cancun, Mexico and Italy.
Stafford admitted that she fraudulently booked more than 525 plane tickets that were worth more than $850,000. Stafford also admitted that she received more than $50,000 in payment from the individuals or organizations who benefited from the plane tickets.