Dealer tells jury he didnt know items were fakes

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A Pennsylvania dealer on trail for deceptive business practices told a jury Sept. 30 that he didn’t know many of the autographed items he was selling weren’t real.

Roger Lee Hooper blamed other dealers he’d been buying from for the bogus autographs and other items that angered eBay buyers in 2005. Hooper is accused of selling a variety of non-genuine merchandise through the account of a former friend, who spent thousands of dollars making restitution to buyers who demanded refunds.

Cumberland County Detective Sergeant Earl Bock told the court during a 2008 preliminary hearing that a machine for re-sealing opened packs and wax sealing material had been found as part of what he called an “assembly line” operation which involved Hooper allegedly removing the valuable cards and replacing them with others.

Hooper claimed the items police saw were packs he was sealing after they’d been damaged and that the machine was used to seal items in plastic so they could be shipped to buyers.

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