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Mastro Employee Changes Plea

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A fourth member of the team that ran Mastro Auctions is expected to plead guilty to a federal charge.

Dealer Sentenced in Bogus Jerseys Case

US District Court Seal

Mitchell Schumacher received a lighter sentence after cooperating with investigators attempting to snare others who were faking the wear in ‘game worn’ goods.

Allen Pleads Guilty as Memorabilia Investigation Takes New Twist

Legendary Auctions President Doug Allen.

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.

News and Notes: Lawsuit Over Photos; NFL Player’s Stuff Missing; Burdick Letter

Little Rock

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.

Four Guilty in Fake Jersey Cases Now Serving Time in Federal Prison

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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.

Two Sentenced in Jersey Fraud Case

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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.

Court Papers: Fake Jerseys Ran Rampant at Card Companies

legal scales

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.

Mastro Pleads Guilty; Awaits Sentencing

Bill Mastro

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.

News and Notes from Day 2 at the NSCC

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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.  […]

Operation Bullpen: The Case That Has Never Gone Away

Book Operation Bullpen

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.

Report: Mastro Will Plead Guilty

DOJ

Former auction house exec Bill Mastro is expected to plead guilty to fraud charges early next year following court proceedings in Chicago Thursday.

Fending Off Fakes: Auction Company Round Table

Fake Joe DiMaggio autograph

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.

Dealer Charged in Jersey Scheme Paints Ugly Picture

FBI

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.

Fifth Dealer Pleads Guilty to Selling Bogus Jerseys

DOJ

Florida resident Bradley Wells has become the fifth of six sports memorabilia dealers to make a deal with the feds.

O’Keeffe: Indictments Are ‘Big Time’

OKeeffe

New York Daily News investigative reporter Michael O’Keeffe talked about the charges against three former hobby executives and why he believes it’s a landmark case for the industry.

Blog: FBI in Chicago, Potty-Mouth Mantle Scoring, Crap-Tastic Autographs

Morency

Tidbits to chew on from around the hobby.

Forbes Blog: Hobby Needs Cleaning

Forbes columnist Wayne McDonnell is not impressed with sports memorabilia dealers.

Dubious Autograph Authenticator Now Reality TV Star

Jim Bellino and wife Alexis

…or at least the husband of one. One target of the FBI’s probe into fake autographs is now enjoying some network TV time.