Sentencing Set in Sports Card Mail Fraud Case

A Pennsylvania man wll be sentenced later this month in a case involving the sale of counterfeit sports cards.

A Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit sports cards will be sentenced for his crime on November 26.

Federal investigators found hundreds of fake sports cards at the home of Jamie Lee Nucero in State College, Pennsylvania last December.

The search warrant had been executed after complaints were filed against Nucero by two collectors in different states who had purchased cards from Nucero on eBay only to find out they weren’t genuine when delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. A U.S. District Court judge in Scranton accepted Nucero’s guilty plea to mail fraud charges last summer.

Court papers obtained by Sports Collectors Daily indicated the scam may have been going on for as long as five years. From 2002 until late last year, Nucero was believed to have received as much as $10,000 for the counterfeit cards. When they searched his home, 11,000 reprinted cards were found representing various sports. The criminal complaint specifically listed rookie cards of Mario LeMieux and Patrick Roy among those which Nucero sold while using eBay IDs such as ‘scarecrow2582’ and ‘cropsiescollection’. Wayne Samuelson of the U.S. attorney’s office said Nucero was selling legitimate cards along with the counterfeits.

Mail fraud is a felony, carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail, a $250,000 fine or both. Federal prosecutors have recommended a probation sentence, although the final decision will be up to Judge Thomas Vanaskie. Nucero was released from custody in August and allowed to continue selling on eBay after telling the court it was his livelihood. As part of his release, he was ordered to provide "documentation and authentication of products purchased and sold on eBay". He was also forced to present the court with a financial analysis of items he bought and sold.