Fromer auction company CEO Bill Mastro will be heading to federal prison after a judge handed down a sentence in the long-running case.
U.S. attorneys say more than 1,300 lots in Mastro Auctions catalogs were shill bid in less than two years.
Failing to comply with a court order in connection with a local bank’s lawsuit, sports memorabilia dealer and photo archive business owner John Rogers has been jailed.
A bank seeking $15 million from former sports memorabilia and photo dealer John Rogers isn’t happy he’s pleading the fifth amendment.
Having pleaded guilty to fraud charges, former auction house executive Bill Mastro is expected to face prison time.
Some of what the FBI took from John Rogers’ Arkansas business last year were items he’d listed as collateral on millions of dollars in bank loans.
An expensive purchase of baseball memorabilia included items made long after their purported dates of origin, leading to a lawsuit.
A fourth member of the team that ran Mastro Auctions is expected to plead guilty to a federal charge.
Mitchell Schumacher received a lighter sentence after cooperating with investigators attempting to snare others who were faking the wear in ‘game worn’ goods.
Federal agents put a wire on Legendary Auctions’ President Doug Allen after he agreed to cooperate –but then things got interesting according to his guilty plea.
A lawsuit over a major collection of negatives, police hunt a thief in South Carolina, a Jeff Burdick letter is up for grabs, recalling Hoyt Wilhelm and more.
The four men sentenced to prison time in connection with the sale of fake ‘game worn’ jerseys are serving out their sentences at minimum security facilities.
A federal judge has ordered one man to prison early next year while another will avoid the slammer but be forced to stay home and wear an electronic monitor as part of his sentence in the fraud case involving bogus game jerseys.
Attorneys for several men who pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection with the sale of bogus game jerseys claim card companies spent a lot of money to put them into products.
UPDATED: Bill Mastro has pleaded guilty in a Chicago federal courtroom to mail fraud, officially acknowledged that he trimmed the $2.8 million T206 Wagner card and engaged on shill bidding.
A few notes and a local TV segment from Day 2 of the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention. There’s an FBI agent in the building this week. The unit that has been investigating hobby wrongdoing and already made several arrests over the last few years (and led to some guilty pleas) is based in Chicago. […]
Fake autographs produced by the notorious Operation Bullpen conspiracy still plague the collecting hobby years after the FBI brought the ring down. In the first of a 5-part series, author Kevin Nelson recaps the case and begins to reveal some of the photos you’ve probably never seen.
Former auction house exec Bill Mastro is expected to plead guilty to fraud charges early next year following court proceedings in Chicago Thursday.
Vintage sports cards and memorabilia can bring big bucks and with that come efforts to create phony items. Here, our auction company panelists take on fakes.
An FBI interview with one of five men to plead guilty in a scheme during which jerseys were sold to card companies as “game used” includes accusations against trading card company representatives.