A grievance was unsealed this morning in federal court docket in Brooklyn charging Mayo Gilbert McNeil with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in reference to a scheme involving counterfeit sports activities buying and selling playing cards. McNeil was arrested this morning in Denver and is scheduled to make his preliminary look this afternoon within the U.S. District Court docket for the District of Colorado. McNeil shall be arraigned within the Jap District of New York at a later date.
Breon Peace, United States Lawyer for the Jap District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Cost, FBI, New York Area Workplace, introduced the arrest and cost.
“Safety from fraud extends to all customers, no matter what crew they root for,” said United States Lawyer Peace. “As alleged, the defendant orchestrated a years’ lengthy and far-reaching scheme to defraud sports activities buying and selling playing cards fans and the sports activities memorabilia business. Our Workplace is dedicated to addressing counterfeiting in any respect ranges of the market.”
Mr. Peace expressed his appreciation to the New York Metropolis Police Division, which carried out this investigation with the FBI.
“As alleged, Mr. McNeil defrauded sports activities memorabilia collectors of greater than $800,000 by deliberately misrepresenting the authenticity of the buying and selling playing cards he was peddling when, the truth is, they have been counterfeit. The FBI stays dedicated to investigating fraud in any respect ranges and bringing the themes who have interaction in it to justice,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Cost Driscoll.
As set forth in court docket filings, between April 2015 and July 2019, the defendant conspired with others to promote and commerce sports activities buying and selling playing cards, together with 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie playing cards, with victims he discovered through the Web and thru on-line promoting platforms. The defendant misrepresented that the sports activities buying and selling playing cards he was providing have been graded by knowledgeable authentication firm, when in actuality the buying and selling playing cards weren’t genuine. The defendant defrauded his victims of over $800,000 in money and genuine sports activities buying and selling playing cards that have been traded for the counterfeits.
The case is being dealt with by the Workplace’s Enterprise and Securities Fraud Part. Division of Justice Trial Lawyer Patrick J. Campbell and Assistant United States Lawyer Alexander Mindlin are answerable for the prosecution.
MAYO GILBERT MCNEIL
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 23-MJ-203