The latest chapter of a long-running case involving a Pennsylvania man accused of selling thousands of dollars worth of sports memorabilia online but not delivering it, is over.
Cumberland County judge Wesley Oler Jr. has denied 50-year-old Roger Hooper’s request for a new trial.
Hooper was found guilty last October of deceptive business practices, theft by deception and dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities. He was later sentenced to 10-23 months in jail, $129,000 in fines and court costs and $67,881 in restitution to victims. A judge allowed him to remain free on bond, however, after Hooper hired a new attorney who told the court last week that Hooper’s former attorney failed to refute testimony from one of the prosecution’s witnesses.
Autograph authenticator James Spence and unopened pack authenticator Steve Hart both testified for the prosecution in the case.
The case began in 2005 when Hooper was alleged to have sold sports autographs and other items to dealers across the country using the eBay account of an acquaintance. Ned Kerstetter of Carlisle, PA said the autographed baseball Hooper gave him in return for the favor turned out to be fake and that he used $58,000 of his own money to give refunds to buyers to maintain his good name after receiving complaints by email and phone.
Police also said they had evidence Hooper had been re-sealing wax packs and selling them to unsuspecting buyers.