A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of former sports memorabilia dealer John Rogers who is now facing a contempt order over his refusal to provide asset information to First Arkansas Bank & Trust. A report by Arkansas Business says bank officials will try to have him arrested if Rogers continues to “stonewall collection efforts on its $15 million judgment against him”.
Rogers has been sued multiple times in the past several months by banks, business associates and investors caught up in what court documents say are fake transactions and collateral that included counterfeit vintage sports cards and memorabilia.
The bank wants its $15 million but hasn’t produced much so far in a sweep of Rogers’ assets.
The FBI raided his Rogers Photo Archive business last January, removing several boxes including some sports memorabilia in connection with a wider sports memorabilia investigation but thus far, he hasn’t been charged by the government.
Rogers and his ex-wife, Angelica Rogers, are also facing yet another lawsuit from a media company seeking to recover its archives. The action filed by affiliates of Digital First Media of New York accuses the two of fraud, breach of contract and selling its copyrighted images. It also states some of the photos that came from Digital First are in the possession of Doug Allen, the former Mastro Auctions executive who has pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection with that defunct company’s business practices.