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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.

Mastro Begins Prison Sentence at Pekin, IL

The former auction executive who admitted to fraud will share a room with several other inmates and report to a daily work detail, earning pocket change.

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.

Former Mastro IT Director Gets Probation, Fine

Not being honest eight years ago with FBI investigators looking into a shill bidding scheme at Mastro Auctions has led to a federal sentence for Bill Boehm.

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.

Mastro Employee Changes Plea

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

Allen Pleads Guilty as Memorabilia Investigation Takes New Twist

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.

Former Mastro Exec Pleads Guilty

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mark Theotikos faces up to four years in prison.

Auction Exec Set to Change Plea in Federal Fraud Case

Doug Allen, former president of Mastro Auctions and current head of Legendary Auctions, is expected to plead guilty to shill bidding customers.

Mastro Pleads Guilty; Awaits Sentencing

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.

Report: Mastro Will Plead Guilty

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

O’Keeffe: Indictments Are ‘Big Time’

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.

Mastro Auctions Reps Facing Federal Fraud Charges

Former hobby leader Bill Mastro will cooperate with federal officials in a fraud case while attorneys for two other Mastro execs say they’re not guilty.

Nice Gesture, But Perry’s Super Bowl Ring Likely a Replica

A 10-year-old kid’s gift to the Fridge got some mainstream media attention over the weekend, but one important detail might be missing.

Bill Mastro Selling Collection

The former head of Mastro Auctions has consigned his vintage baseball memorabilia to an auction scheduled for December.

Wagner Proof Strip on Display; Will Be Sold

A well-traveled T206 proof strip with a little mystery to it is on display at the Phillies’ ballpark as it heads back to the auction block.

SGC Boss Claims Shill Bidding in Counter Suit

Seven months after being sued for money they say he owed them, SGC president Dave Forman has submitted a counterclaim against Mastro Auctions. The court papers filed January 27 accuse the parent company of the now defunct auction house of several transgressions including shill bidding, a practice that artificially raises bids to generate a higher […]

Mastro Auctions Gone; New Company Formed

Mastro Auctions’ 13-year run has ended with its assets being acquired by a group of top level employees who have formed a new company.