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Memorabilia vendor sentenced to 5 years in prison for selling counterfeits

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 28, 2017 12:23 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The former owner of a group of internet sports memorabilia businesses with facilities in Maryland and the midstate has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for a $2.5 million fraud scheme. 

Joshua Shores of Bel Air, Maryland, pled guilty to the charges in federal court in Harrisburg last year.

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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