A developer for a mixed martial arts tournament in Michigan has been arrested and charged with violating the federal law prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people.
Martinez, 37, was arrested by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., on Friday, a day after he was charged with conspiracy to violate the law, which prohibits discrimination against people based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
The grand jury indicted Martinez and two co-defendants on charges of conspiracy to commit discrimination based on sex, a violation punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
According to the indictment, Martinez conspired with a co-conspirator, Brandon Fusco, to create a website that falsely purported to sell and advertise mixed martial artists and to distribute promotional materials.
The website allegedly promoted “mixed-martial-arts events” that it did not actually offer, according to the grand jury.
Martez and his co-accused allegedly used the website to sell promotional items, including T-shirts and apparel, and promoted the events online without any documentation.
The indictment also said that the defendants distributed the promotional materials on a website called www.martyelsmart.com.
Fusco is charged with two counts of distributing false promotional materials, a misdemeanor.
Marty Martinez is charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy, using a website to promote mixed martial artist events and promoting promotional materials without proper documentation.
(The Washington Times)Martinez’s lawyer, Mark Mazzarella, declined to comment on the case.
Fosco was not immediately available for comment.
The federal government says Martinez and his two co, Michael C. Tulloch, 37 and Christopher E. Williams, 31, used the online website to falsely advertise events for events they did not hold.