YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A personal trainer from Paramus already facing charges of using a stolen identity to sell bogus sports trading cards was charged again today with a similar offense.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said members of his White Collar Crimes Unit arrested Andrew Mei following a two month investigation into allegations that he “sold counterfeit sports trading cards to an unsuspecting customer for $32,000.”
Mei was released on a summons to appear in court next Thursday on a theft by deception charge.
This follows the arrest of Mei and his then-fiance last August on charges of selling bogus sports trading cards as the genuine article, along with rare gold coins and bars, using a stolen identity.
Mei had been free on $75,000 bail and Deborah Fernandez released without bail at the time on charges of theft by deception, identity theft and computer-related theft.
PayPal and eBay alerted the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in April that Mei was using a fake identity to make the sales beginning in 2008, Molinelli said last summer.
Mei “purchased authentic trading cards on Ebay, replicated them, and then sold the counterfeit replicas on Ebay,” using his name as well as variations, he said.
Ebay shut down his accounts in 2012, but Mei stole the identity of a California resident and resumed the activity, he said.
“Information obtained from Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) confirmed that the items [Mei] sold to unsuspecting victims on Ebay were indeed counterfeit,” Molinelli said, adding that Mei used Fernandez’s bank accounts and credit cards.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR
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