Man arrested in apparent sports memorabilia fraud

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(updated 1:15 pm)

ASHEBORO — A Thomasville man is in jail after getting more than $80,000 in cash and items through what authorities are calling fraud.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested Brian Keith Combs on Monday after a three-week investigation. Combs, 33, of 1025 Ball Park Road in Thomasville, is being held in the Randolph County jail on charges of financial card fraud, financial identity fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and being a fugitive from justice. His bond is $250,000.

The sheriff’s office said it got reports that a local man was using the Internet to defraud people throughout the country. The sheriff’s office did not immediately provide specifics about the nature of the alleged crimes, but did say deputies found sports memorabilia when they searched Combs’ house. The sheriff’s office said the operation had collected more than $80,000 in cash and merchandise.

Among the items discovered were a baseball jersey autographed by Mickey Mantle and a U.S. Open golf shirt signed by Tiger Woods.

The sheriff’s office said federal officials also are investigating.