Steven Jensen, co-chief executive officer of Vintage Sports Authentics, was accused in Manhattan federal court of mail fraud and wire fraud. Christopher Cizin, a postal inspector, said in an affidavit that a buyer from the Bronx paid about $3,000 for a jersey represented as one worn by Rodriguez as a Seattle Mariner in 1995. An authenticator and a former Mariners equipment manager said it was not authentic.
A Minnesota memorabilia dealer was arrested by a United States postal inspector Thursday at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Ill., and accused of USA Jerseys Wholesale that he fraudulently claimed were worn in games by the major league stars Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols.
While investigating the incident involving the Rodriguez jersey, Cizin used a pseudonym to order a 1997 Oakland Athletics jersey for nearly $600 that Vintage said had been worn by McGwire; he told another inspector that it was a fake. After Cizin complained, Jensen stood by the jersey’s authenticity but offered a refund based on 85 percent of his profits from a re-sale. Cirik sent the jersey back to Vintage. Last month he saw the same Wholesale Jerseys that he told Jensen was not authentic up for auction on Vintage’s Web site.
Vintage’s Web site appeared to have been taken down after Jensen’s arrest and there was no response to calls to his office telephone. The Associated Press said that Jensen was 40 and from Osseo, Minn. Cizin said that he and the other inspector also saw two road jerseys advertised by Vintage as having been worn in 2002 by Pujols, the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert. But Pujols told one of the inspectors that he still had the Wholesale Cheap Jerseys issued to him by the team in 2002.