Convicted Pa. memorabilia dealer wants new trial

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) – A collectibles dealer sentenced to at least 10 months in jail for selling fake sports memorabilia and coins is questioning the reliability of prosecution experts and wants a new trial.

A hearing is scheduled for March 2 at the request of Roger Lee Hooper. The Cumberland County dealer was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail on January 4 after being convicted of charges including deceptive business practices and theft.

Prosecutors say Hooper sold dubious items on eBay including faked autographed baseballs and lithographs.

Hooper’s attorney says two experts who testified for prosecutors lacked credibility.

Hooper testified at trial that he didn’t know some of the items were forgeries. A man who sold items for Hooper through Hooper’s eBay account said he refunded nearly $60,000 out of his own pocket to disgruntled customers.

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