A friend of Barry Bonds' former girlfriend says Bonds cranked out autographed balls at a rate of $100 each when he needed quick cash.
The gathering storm over alleged back door memorabilia deals could be more of a problem for Bonds than his alleged use of steroids.
A federal grand jury indictment could come down Thursday and the government could have an easier time with this charge. A former friend and business associate who Bonds later claimed was selling fakes is a key witness in the case.
The Associated Press quotes a Los Angeles lawyer who represented Darryl Strawberry in a 1995 tax evasion case, as saying "The money is so easily accessible. There's going to be a lot of cash, and the promoter says 'Here is an envelope, it's full of cash' and it's just handed to you and you drive away and there aren't any forms to sign."