January 27, 2005
Kansas City, Mo. — A Marshfield, Mo. woman pleaded guilty today to advertising and selling tickets over the Internet for NASCAR events at the Kansas Speedway but not delivering the tickets to the buyers. Olivia Doty (DOB - 12-28-75) was charged with eight counts of unlawful merchandising practices in an indictment returned in December 2003 by a Jackson County grand jury, at the request of Attorney General Jay Nixon.
Doty is scheduled to be sentenced March 11 after a pre-sentence investigation. She faces up to four years in prison and a $5,000 penalty on each count.
The indictment charged Doty with using eBay to advertise tickets to the NASCAR Winston Cup Banquet 400 and the Busch Series Mr. Goodcents 300 races held in October 2003 at the Kansas Speedway. The speedway is located just west of Kansas City. The indictment stated racing fans bought eight sets of tickets for a total of $7,143.93. None of the purchasers received the tickets, and some of the seats Doty auctioned did not even exist.
Nixon's office conducted the investigation in cooperation with the Blue Springs and Lake Lotawana police departments. Doty was arrested at her home on the indictment in December 2003 by Marshfield police.