The founder and chairman of the multinational company that owns Beckett Media has been indicted on federal bribery charges in connection with a case centered on North Carolina politics.
Greg Lindberg, 48, the founder and chairman of Eli Global, was charged with conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds and aiding and abetting.
He’s one of four people who were indicted by a grand jury in Charlotte this week, including the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, Robert Hayes.
“The indictment unsealed today outlines a brazen bribery scheme in which Greg Lindberg and his coconspirators allegedly offered hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in exchange for official action that would benefit Lindberg’s business interests,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.
At this point, there is nothing in the indictment to indicate the case is directly connected to Beckett, which is based in Dallas, TX. According to WRAL-TV, “Lindberg owns or is involved in hundreds of companies, including several regulated by the state Department of Insurance.” The indictment accuses Lindberg of trying to get the State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey to fire or reassign a deputy commissioner in exchange for money.
In addition to Eli Global, Lindberg also owns Global Bankers Insurance Group, a company that manages several insurance and reinsurance companies.
According to an Associated Press report last year, Lindberg recently became the highest donor in North Carolina state politics.
The FBI is in charge of the investigation, which is ongoing.
More than 50 jerseys worn by rookies on NBA Opening Night have hit the block through NBA Auctions.
The game jerseys were worn during the third week of October as the league tipped off its regular season. Debut jerseys up for grabs including those worn by Kevin Huerter, Marvin Bagley III, Grayson Allen, Mikal Bridges, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jalen Brunson, Kevin Knox, Collin Sexton, Mo Bamba, Devonte Graham, Jaren Jackson, Josh Okogie and others.
Each jersey has been tagged and authenticated under the auspices of the NBA and MeiGray Jersey Authentication Program.
Earlier this year, NBA Auctions sold debut jerseys worn by Luka Doncic ($38,020); Deandre Ayton ($8,674) and Trae Young ($7,010).
The auctions are set to close April 18.
If you missed the story on baseball cards on the Sporting News website Tuesday, here’s a very good piece they wrote on one of the hobby’s longest running card shops, Attack of the Baseball Cards in New Jersey and owner Steve Mandy.