PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CN) - A Rhode Island attorney claims in court that he shelled out more than $14,000 for a Super Bowl championship ring that was actually stolen from New England Patriots star Brandon Spikes.
Spikes, a 28-year-old linebacker, apparently thought he lost the ring presented to him in 2011 after Super Bowl XXXVI, but now believes it was stolen, according to the complaint filed on Nov. 18 in Providence County Superior Court.
Ronald Resmini, an attorney in solo practice, filed the complaint against the website that sold him the diamond-studded, 14-carat white gold ring, Championship-Rings.net and its principal, Timothy Robins, of Hendersonville, Tenn.
When Championship-Rings.net posted the ring for sale, it claimed to have come into the ring because Spikes had given it to a moving company in exchange for its services, the compliant states.
Yet Resmini notes that the seller was not the moving company, but actually one of its employees.
Resmini says he paid $14,690 for the ring only after Championship-Rings.net assured him that it had checked out the employee's story to affirm its validity.
Spikes called Providence police when he saw that Resmini was trying to sell his ring, providing receipts that showed he paid for his $4,381.85 moving expenses with money, not the ring, according to the complaint.
Resmini says he had no choice but to surrender the ring when the authorities contacted him, but that neither Championship-Rings.net nor Robins have refunded his money.
Representing himself, Resmini seeks punitive damages for fraud.
ESPN reports that the National Football League suspended Spikes for four weeks this fall.
Though the NFL reportedly offered no explanation for the move, Spikes is on probation after pleading guilty over the summer to a hit-and-run crash in Massachusetts that injured three people, ESPN said.