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Derby ticket broker continues to sell amid FBI investigation

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 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Derbydeals.com is under new ownership, operating more than 100 miles from where it became the center of an FBI investigation.

The website, which advertises as the “premiere provider of Kentucky Derby tickets,” has been the subject of the investigation for nearly a year. According to the Better Business Bureau, more than 30 customers paid for but never received tickets to the 2014 Kentucky Oaks or Derby.

“We rented out our house and bought tickets for the clients on Derbydeals.com and they never delivered,” said Stephanie Jones of Jeffersontown.

Jones opted to purchase tickets directly through Churchill Downs this year. But when she saw an online advertisement for Derbydeals.com, she was discouraged that the company was still in business. She decided to call.

"I told them I ordered from them last year and I never got tickets and how were they handling things this year,” she explained. “She told me a gentleman named Michael would call me back and he never called me back."

In the weeks following the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Derbydeals.com became the subject of an FBI investigation. Meanwhile, the Better Business Bureau downgraded the company to an "F" rating.

“There was money exchanging hands and now product at all provided,” said Reanna Smith-Hamblin of the BBB. “We ended up with over 30 complaints against the company and all are unanswered.”

Smith-Hamblin said the company has since been sold to a new owner and the offices moved to Indianapolis. The previous owner, Scott Davis, never responded to the BBB regarding the complaints.

“There is a new owner. We have no idea the affiliation--if he had one at all--when it was with Scott Davis, so we don't know a whole lot right now," said Smith-Hamblin.

In an email statement to WDRB News, an FBI spokesperson said, “It is against our policy to discuss ongoing investigation, however we take all allegations of criminal activity very seriously and urge anyone with information regarding fraud to contact our office.”

Jones said she was interviewed by the FBI slightly less than a year ago, but says it's concerning that there still aren't any charges against the company.

“Every once in a while we'll get a letter from the FBI saying there is an ongoing investigation--that is about all we've ever heard," she said. “It just seems like something that significant, that amount of money, there would at least be charges by now.”

Smith-Hamblin says without charges against the company, DerbyDeals.com can legally continue to do business. However, she says, until they respond to the complaints, they'll be doing it under an "F" rating.

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