Feds: Counterfeit sports trading cards being sold in a scam


A Colorado man faces charges for selling counterfeit sports trading cards, including fake 1986 rookie Fleer Michael Jordan cards, for $800,000 in cash and trades, federal officials say.

McClatchy News

A Colorado man faces federal charges that he sold or traded counterfeit sports cards to people across the United States, federal prosecutors reported.


The 82-year-old man arrested in Denver reaped $800,000 from the fraudulent transactions, a March 8 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said.


“Protection from fraud extends to all consumers, regardless of what team they root for,” U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said in the release.


The man faces a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.


Prosecutors say he misrepresented the cards, including prized 1986 Fleer rookie Michael Jordan cards, as authentic when they were in fact counterfeit, the release said.


The rookie Jordan cards can sell for thousands of dollars, according to online listings.


He sold the fake cards from April 2015 to July 2019 to people he found online and through online selling platforms, prosecutors said.


Don Sweeney was a newspaper reporter and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter for The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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