fraud


Autograph Faker Pleads Guilty; Gov’t to Seek Restitution

Joshua Shores made good on his promise to plead guilty in an online scheme to sell fake jerseys and autographs. Prosecutors say they’re seeking restitution.

Transcript Reveals Details of Allen’s Sentencing

It was one of the lengthiest prison sentences ever given in a sports memorabilia case. The court transcript details what was said in a Chicago courtroom.

US Attorneys: Allen’s Conduct “Reckless and Obstructive”

The government is seeking a 57-month sentence for former Mastro Auctions President Doug Allen over shill bids and putting FBI agents at potential risk.

Ex-Postal Worker Pleads Guilty in $68,000 Sports Card Theft

A postal clerk ripped into a package containing 23 valuable sports cards, hoping to sell them and split the proceeds with her sister.

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty in $2.5 Million Fake Autograph Scheme

A five-year online scam unraveled when investigators say they caught Josh Shores selling cheap counterfeit jerseys made in China–with phony autographs.

Ohio Authorities: Guilty Pleas in Fake Autograph Case

Four Youngstown area men have pleaded guilty to their roles in a much larger scheme involving sales of $2 million worth of fake autographs.

Mastro Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison

Fromer auction company CEO Bill Mastro will be heading to federal prison after a judge handed down a sentence in the long-running case.

Government Seeks 20 Month Prison Sentence for Mastro

U.S. attorneys say more than 1,300 lots in Mastro Auctions catalogs were shill bid in less than two years.

Lawyers Ask Judge to Keep Mastro Out of Prison

Attorneys for former auction house chief Bill Mastro state their case in a request for leniency in his sentencing for fraud later this month.

Rogers Arrested for Contempt

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.

Arrest Warrant for John Rogers; New Lawsuit Filed

A bank seeking $15 million from former sports memorabilia and photo dealer John Rogers isn’t happy he’s pleading the fifth amendment.

Probation Recommended for Mastro Employee

The former IT director for Mastro Auctions may not see prison time after federal prosecutors urged probation for his role in the company’s shill bidding scheme.

Second Former Business Partner Suing Rogers

A new civil suit claims Arkansas dealer John Rogers had created a Ponzi-style scheme that took a business partner on an expensive ride.

3 More Dealers Sentenced in Fake Jersey Cases

Three more dealers will spend time in federal prison after being sentenced for misrepresenting jerseys they sold, some of which wound up at trading card companies.

Two Sentenced in Jersey Fraud Case

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.

Editor’s Blog: News and Notes from the Courts to the Cops

A delay in court proceedings involving two jersey dealers charged with fraud, a theft in Georgia, and a happy ending for some stolen stuff.

Three Guilty Pleas in Jersey Fraud Cases

Three sports memorabilia dealers pleaded guilty in federal court to selling jerseys that weren’t what they were represented to be…but it’s clear the investigation into the industry isn’t over.

FBI: Six Memorabilia Dealers Charged With Fraud Involving “Hundreds of Thousands” of Dollars

Six sports memorabilia dealers are accused in similar but separate fraud schemes involving jerseys FBI agents say weren’t game worn.

Two Arrested for Baseball Card Box Fraud

A Florida couple is accused of pulling a boatload of UPC switcheroos on various types of sports card boxes.

Florida Man Charged…Again…With Autograph Fraud

Pasco County, Florida sheriff’s detectives say they found a machine used to create bogus autographs… and they’ve got a list of unhappy buyers.