(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A portion of proceeds from an MMA fight held in Lawrenceburg this past summer was supposed to go to an American veterans organization, but one man is accused of pocketing part of the money.
Michael D. Abbott, Jr.
Dearborn County Law Enforcement
Michael D. Abbott, Jr., of Osgood, was charged with Theft in Dearborn County on Sept. 24.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Dearborn Superior Court II, Abbott, 33, was helping fight promoter Alan Jones to organize the cage fighting event at the Dearborn County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceburg on July 10.
Jones went to Lawrenceburg Police the night of the fights when he noticed the money from ticket sales did not match the number of tickets taken at the door. He told detectives that one of the event’s fighters had advised that Michael Abbott had sold him six tickets.
Records at the printing shop which made up the tickets showed Abbott had came and placed an order for 100 more tickets to be printed two days before the event. Jones said he never gave Abbott permission to have tickets printed.
While incarcerated in Decatur County, Ind. for another offense, Abbott told the detectives on Sept. 7 that he gave away 12 of the tickets sold eight more at $15 each - well below the face value of $25.
Of the face value for each of the tickets legitimately sold, $5 was supposed to go to AMVETS. Jones said he had to take money out of his own pocket to meet the $1,000 total promised to the veterans organization.
Abbott is currently being held at the Dearborn County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.
Before his arrest in Decatur County, Abbott was organizing an MMA fight that had been planned in Osgood, Ind.