Fans and collectors who bought questionable autographs in a New Jersey prosecutor’s auction might be getting their money back.
WPIX-TV reported some buyers were told by John Molinelli’s office that they could return items they bought earlier this year for a refund.
The items had originated in the collection of the collection of a pharmacist who prosecutors say profited from the illegal sale of prescription drugs and laundered the money through his purchases of sports memorabilia.
William Stracher did have some authentic pieces of memorabilia that were sold at auction several years ago but hundreds of items judged to be otherwise were seized by authorities. Not willing to accept the opinion of James Spence, prosecutor John Molinelli hired Drew Max, a forensic document examiner you may have seen on earlier episodes of the cable TV show Pawn Stars. A large number were destroyed after examination but many other pieces were passed by Max and wound up in the public auction held by the prosecutor’s office.
WPIX, which says it’s been looking into the case for six months, aired an update on the story Thursday: