A Florida man indicted on several charges in connection with the sale of autographs at last year’s National Sports Collectors Convention has pleaded not guilty, according to the Cuyahoga County District Attorney’s Office.
Tony Podsada, who owns Signed Certified Memories, recently appeared in front of a judge and was assigned a lawyer.
Podsada was ejected from the floor of the show in Cleveland and his inventory confiscated by police, where it remains pending the outcome of the case.
Last month, a grand jury indicted him on charges of forgery, trademark counterfeiting, criminal stimulation and petty theft. The trademark counterfeiting charge is a felony under Ohio law and relates to Podsada himself authenticating the material.
NSCC officials contacted Cleveland Police shortly after the beginning of the show at the I-X Center on August 1. Officers carted away stacks of signed items carrying signatures that collectors, authenticators and other dealers believed were not real.