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Brothers indicted in counterfeit baseball card scam

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A Brecksville man and his brother were 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, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Steven Norris, 38, and his brother, Scott, 40, are named in the nine count indictment. The charges include mail fraud and wire fraud.  

Beginning in 2006 through 2012, Steven and Scott Norris advertised various baseball cards for sale on eBay. They utilized numerous email addresses to list the cards for sale. The cards, if genuine, would have been rare and valuable, including 1952 Mickey Mantle cards and 1933 Babe Ruth cards, according to the indictment.

The Norris' accepted payments from bidders but failed to deliver the cards as required. In some instances, Steven and Scott Norris sent counterfeit or "reprinted" cards to successful bidders rather than the genuine cards advertised for sale, according to the indictment.

In other instances, Steven and Scott Norris contacted individuals who bid on the cards, represented the high bidder was unable to complete the transaction, and asked if the "runner up" bidder was interested in buying the item. They would then negotiate a sales price and direct the buyer to mail a cashier's check to an address in Brecksville owned by the defendants' parents. After receiving payment, Steven and Scott Norris would fail to deliver the items in question or sent counterfeit or "reprinted" baseball cards to the buyers, according to the indictment.

As a result of the scheme, individual bidders and PayPal suffered losses totaling approximately $60,310.  

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