(Cleveland) - A Brecksville man and his brother have been indicted for operating a scheme to defraud people who believed they were bidding on rare and collectable baseball cards on eBay including Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle cards.
Steven Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio says charged in a 9 count indictment are Steven Norris, age 38, of Brecksville, Ohio, and his brother, Scott Norris, age 40. The charges include mail fraud and wire fraud.
Dettelbach tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, “The charges allege that the defendants made tens of thousands of dollars in fraud proceeds using the great legends of baseball as trade bait,” Dettelbach said. “Now it is the defendants who are hooked.”
Beginning in 2006 through 2012, Steven and Scott Norris are accused of advertising various baseball cards for sale on eBay. The cards, if genuine, would have been rare and valuable, including 1952 Mickey Mantle cards and 1933 Babe Ruth cards, according to the indictment.
Investigators claim The Norris’ accepted payments from bidders but failed to deliver the cards as required. In some instances, Steven and Scott Norris are accused of sending counterfeit or “reprinted” cards to successful bidders rather than the genuine cards advertised for sale, according to the indictment.
Dettelbach says as a result of the scheme, individual bidders and PayPal suffered losses totaling approximately $60,310.
The indictment charges that in furtherance of the scheme, the defendants mailed or caused certain items to be mailed via the U.S. Postal Service and transmitted or caused the transmission of certain interstate wire communications.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert W. Kern following an investigation by the United States Secret Service.
(Photo by Ken Robinson/WTAM)
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