A New Jersey man has been arrested for the second time in eight months on charges of selling fake sports cards for large amounts of money.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli says Andrew D. Mei, 35, of Paramus, is facing Theft by Deception charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Newark Division of the United States Postal Inspection Services and members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office White Collar Crimes Unit.
Mei was arrested last Thursday after a two-month investigation into allegations that Mei sold counterfeit cards to an unsuspecting customer for $32,000.
Mei was released with a scheduled court hearing for this Thursday.
Mei was arrested last August for buying expensive vintage graded cards and other items on eBay, then making replicas and selling those over a four-year period. Prosecutors say eBay shut down his accounts in 2012 but the next year, he was able to establish new eBay and Paypal accounts by using the stolen identity of a California man and continued to defraud unsuspecting buyers.
Molinelli says Mei was out on bail at the time of his latest arrest.