MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY CHARGES CEO OF SPORTS COLLECTIBLES COMPANY IN SCHEME TO SELL FAKE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL JERSEYS

Defendant Falsely Claimed Jerseys Had Been Worn By Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols And Other Major League Baseball Players

3 August 2011 – PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and RONALD J. VERROCHIO, the Inspector-in-Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”), announced today charges against STEVEN JENSEN, the CEO of Vintage Sports Authentics, LCC (“Vintage Sports”), for orchestrating a scheme to market and sell fraudulent sports memorabilia. As part of the scheme, JENSEN allegedly auctioned sports jerseys of several Major League Baseball players that were advertised as “game used,” or worn in an actual game, but which were actually fake. JENSEN, 40, of Osseo, Minnesota, was arrested this morning in Rosemont, Illinois, where he was attending a sports collectors convention. He was presented before a Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois earlier today.

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