Fourth Guilty Plea in Fake Memorabilia Case

Fourth Guilty Plea in Fake Memorabilia Case

Another man has entered a guilty plea for altering and selling fake sports memorabilia. Mitchell Schumacher of MS Auction admitted to buying jerseys at retail and altering them to look game-used. The mail fraud plea also states that he is cooperating with authorities, which may mean that he could be used as a witness in a bigger case.

According to court documents, Schumacher would sell the bogus jerseys to Bradley Horne of Authentic Sports Memorabilia, who turned around and sold the jerseys to sports card manufacturers. Horne entered his guilty plea earlier in the week along with Jarrod Oldridge and Bernard Gernay.

This isn't the first time Schumacher has been busted for bogus sports memorabilia. In 2000, he pleaded guilty to three fraud charges and was given three years probation and a $30,000 fine. Schumacher was under investigation during the original Operation Foul Ball sting. This time, the penalty is bound to be much harsher and will likely include a couple of years in prison.

Schumacher is the fourth of six men charged by authorities to enter a guilty plea. Of those originally charged, only Eric Inselberg and Bradley Wells have yet to enter pleas.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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