Rochester, New York – After it was claimed that a guy in Greece was selling sports cards fraudulently, he was detained and charged with wire and mail fraud.
In accordance with the U.S. Kyle Bertrand, 34, advertised on social media platforms that he had collectible sports cards for sale—cards that he either never had or didn’t intend to deliver, according to the Attorney’s Office. He advertised high-value cards that seemed to be genuine.
According to the prosecution, several customers contacted Bertrand after which he allegedly negotiated sales pricing and instructed them to transfer payment using a mobile payment provider. The buyers claimed that they received either empty boxes or substitute cards with a lower value in place of the desired cards.
According to the complaint, card merchants also charged Bertrand with taking cards from them. They claim that Bertrand got in touch with them, haggled over a price, and then paid with a credit card company. Then, in order to reverse his payment, he would dispute the charge with his credit card company.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Bertrand cheated six people out of about $33,360 in Florida, Ohio, Missouri, and Pennsylvania.
The charges against Bertrand have a possible prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of $250,000. After being found guilty of federal fraud and identity theft, he was on supervised release.