PA Dealer Found Guilty

A Pennsylvania sports card and memorabilia dealer has been found guilty of selling altered or non-genuine sports memorabilia.

Roger Lee Hooper, who ran an auction company and sold cards and autographs via eBay, likely faces a prison term.

A jury of seven women and five men in Cumberland County deliberated for 6 1/2 hours Friday before returning a guilty verdict on four of the five counts against Hooper.  The trial in Judge J. Wesley Oler’s courroom lasted five days.

The 49-year-old Hooper was found guilty of two counts of deceptive business practices and one count each of theft by deception and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

Hooper will be sentenced in November. He could face a year or more of jail time.

The guilty verdict capped an investigation into Hooper’s business activities that began five years ago.  Detectives say they found evidence that Hooper was selling wax packs of sports cards that had been re-sealed after the best cards had been removed.  He’d also been accused of selling bogus autographs.   Hooper claimed he was unaware of any problems with the material he was selling.

Ned Kerstetter, a former friend said claimed Hooper took advantage of him by using his eBay account to sell merchandise but failed to deliver authentic items, resulting in numerous complaints from collectors across the country.  Kerstetter claims he spent thousands of dollars of his own money to make restitution to collectors after Hooper refused to address the complaints.