Card faker admits eBay scam [The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.]

Eric Jahnke of Beckett Behind the Scenes post the article below on the news section of beckett.com.  Whats with people in PA?  This is the second person this year in PA the has been accused of selling fake memorabilia. 

Aug. 23–A Monroe County man admitted Friday to making as much as $10,000 selling fake rookie trading cards on online auction site eBay, a scam that could land him in prison for up to 20 years.

Jamie Lee Nucero, 25, of Marshalls Creek, pleaded guilty to mail fraud after he was charged in federal court last month. He remains free while awaiting sentencing, scheduled for mid-November.

In U.S. District Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie’s courtroom Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne P. Samuelson said Mr. Nucero first came to the attention of investigators in December, after a person in California and another in Virginia reported they had been swindled.

In both cases, the victims were the winning bidders on what were listed as “rookie trading cards” for star National Hockey League players Mario Lemieux and Patrick Roy. After sending their money to Mr. Nucero’s former State College address, they received the counterfeit cards.

State College police obtained a search warrant for the address, where Mr. Nucero was living at the time. Officers found receipt slips from eBay auctions and about 11,000 counterfeit trading cards for a variety of sports, according to Mr. Samuelson.

Under the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a probation sentence, though Judge Vanaskie does not have to follow that recommendation.

Mail fraud carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.  Judge Vanaskie also may order Mr. Nucero to pay restitution, though Mr. Samuelson said the total amount of money involved has yet to be calculated.

Mr. Nucero makes his living selling sports cards on eBay, defense attorney Joseph D’Andrea told Judge Vanaskie on Friday.

The judge decided that Mr. Nucero can continue to sell trading cards under the supervision of federal probation officers.

“This is his only livelihood,” Mr. D’Andrea said. “If he does it legitimately, I don’t see how it’s a problem.”

eBay Pulse

Have you checked out the eBay Pulse site yet?  It can give you a snapshot of what some of the hottest selling items that are up for auction.  You can select the category that you want and see what is really popular.  eBay at one time had a link to this site on their homepage, but they never brought it back after the redesign.  Just thought it would be interesting for those collectors that like eBay and may not have heard about it.