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Prosecutors say hundreds of victims bought fake autographs, complete with phony certificates of authenticty on eBay between 2010 and 2015. Clifton Panezich, 30, appeared before a judge in Ohio Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. According to local media reports, he pleaded guilty to aggravated theft, identity fraud, telecommunications fraud, money laundering, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and three counts of forgery with a forfeiture specification.

hopefully, at sentencing it's not a slap on the wrist.  Now, I wonder about those buyers of the fakes.

Panezich pleads guilty

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  • yup, and he wasn't alone.  Can you imagine 25 thousand customers and how much fake garbage.  Are they even aware of it?  Why isn't the ebay account(s) identified  - Some 25,000 customers were defrauded of more than $2 million in the forged professional-athlete autograph scheme on eBay, the online auction site, Desmond said.Several other defendants in this case, which involved autographed balls and pictures, have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.Daniel Martini, 29, of Girard, owner of The Federal bar in downtown Youngstown, pleaded guilty to money laundering.James Serenko, 33, of Austintown; Jason Lenzi, 31, of Columbiana; and Shawn Pelo, 26, of Warren pleaded guilty to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Former Minor League Catcher jailed

  • I agree.  All those fake items, 5 years worth are just "out there"!!!  There is no way to get them back.  BIG...BIG...BIG PROBLEM!

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