Memorabilia vendor pleads guilty to selling counterfeits

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 1, 2016 2:00 AM

(Baltimore) -- The former owner of a group of internet sports memorabilia businesses with facilities in Maryland and the midstate has pleaded guilty to a $2.5 million fraud scheme.  

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Joshua Shores of Bel Air, Maryland, has entered the plea in federal court in Harrisburg.

Prosecutors say Shores owned and operated internet businesses in York County and Maryland to traffic in counterfeit and fraudulent sports memorabilia.

The businesses included Dealakhan, Stadium Authentics, Autograph Showcase, Sunset Beach, End Game Sports and Authenticgraph.  

Shores allegedly bought counterfeit sports jerseys in bulk from China and put fraudulent autographs on them. 

Prosecutors say Shores unlawfully obtained about $2.5 million from those who bought the fraudulent items.  

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