TEMECULA, Calif. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Police have arrested a prominent Atlanta-area businessman accused of exploiting Super Bowl fans out of tens of thousands of dollars as part of a ticket scam.
Officers arrested 48-year-old Lawrenceville resident Ketan Shah at a California casino and charged him with one count of felony theft by conversion.
According to Gwinnett County Police, at least six people, one of whom is reported to be Shah's own mother, reported to Gwinnett Police that Ketan offered to sell them Super Bowl tickets. Police say one man paid $500,000 to Shah to host a Super Bowl event.
By the time police began investigating the case, they say Shah had been reported as a missing person, showed up to his home after going to Las Vegas in a "mid-life crisis" and disappeared again.
Gwinnett Police discovered that Shah had traveled to Florida, Alabama, New Mexico, and more.
He was eventually arrested after a casino worker in Riverside, California recognized him from the media coverage and reported him to the local sheriff's office.
Shah is currently in custody in California pending extradition back to Gwinnett County.
A statement last week on the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce's website says Shah has been suspended from its board of directors. The group says it has no connection to the alleged scheme.
The investigation is ongoing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.