LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The controversy surrounding a website selling Derby tickets continues after dozens of people used the site, owned by Scott Davis, to buy Derby 136 tickets but never received them. They say Davis refused to issue a refund, but now he is blaming an assistant basketball coach at the University of Louisville and filed a lawsuit against him on Friday.
Kathy Watkins and says she and her family drove from Texas to realize their dream of watching the Kentucky Derby in person. Watkins says that dream died when she never got the tickets she purchased through DerbyDeals.com.
"He told me he was giving me a deal of a lifetime and it would be a trip of a lifetime," Watkins said during her interview on April 29.
Watkins says she paid Davis for tickets to both the Oaks and the Derby. She got her tickets to the Oaks, but the Derby tickets never showed up. And she says Davis refused to give her a refund. He offered her infield tickets instead.
It turns out that Davis is the Oldham County Magistrate, and was actually scheduled to attend a forum about his re-election efforts Friday morning - but he skipped the forum. We visited Davis at his home in LaGrange to discuss the allegations, but got no response - at first.
Davis says he is ready to talk about the situation if his lawyer is part of the interview.
"If you guys would like to do an on camera interview, I would be glad to do something with my attorney," Davis said.
A few hours later, we interviewed Davis at his attorney's office.
"It is a heartbreaking situation," Davis said. "We had to face our customers ... and tell them we could not deliver packages," he said.
Davis now blames Steve Masiello, a UofL assistant basketball coach, and claims Masiello was supposed to get him the tickets. Davis says he gave $70,000 to Masiello and that money, he said, was to be used to purchase 56 tickets to then be sold to DerbyDeals.com customers.
"At no time did Mr. Masiello ever inform me that he was not going to deliver the tickets that he had told me were purchased and that had been paid for," Davis said.
On May 7, Davis filed a lawsuit against Masiello, to recover over $100,000 Davis owes 56 customers.
"The customers of my business have suffered greatly," Davis said. "We had people coming from all over the country. [I have] apologized for the situation. We are going to do everything we can to make this right."
Davis says this was the first time he made what he calls a business deal with Masiello. DerbyDeals.com lists its business address as P.O. Box in Jeffersonville, Indiana, where selling tickets for more than their face value is legal.
Davis says he is in the process of refunding money to people who paid for tickets but did not receive them. WAVE 3 checked with the Watkins family, who contacted WAVE when she did not receive her tickets nor her refund. Watkins told us, a week later, she only received part of her $4,000 dollars back. Davis said he gave her $4,000 plus for the troubles.
"Our full intent is that every one of these customers will be refunded in full," said Davis.
Davis says he is offering incentives for his customers to purchase tickets through his website in 2011.
The DerbyDeals.com website is still active and Davis is now offering tickets for the Breeders' Cup.