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Greenville man pleads guilty to selling counterfeit sports memorabilia online

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The United States Attorney’s office said Monday that a Greenville man pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods after he was caught selling counterfeit NFL memorabilia.

Joshua D. Korb, 38, admitted he ran an online EBay store called Steel-Town Memorabilia where he sold the illegal merchandise.

US Attorney Beth Drake said National Football League asked for a federal investigation after the NFL received multiple complaints from EBay and PayPal about Korb’s wares.

Drake said the United States Postal Inspection Service made six undercover purchases from Steel-Town Memorabilia and determined all the purchased items were counterfeit because they were not manufactured by the trademark holder, not licensed or authorized by the NFL, contained a fake certificate of authenticity, or contained a forged signature.

Search warrants were served at Korb’s home in Greenville and Drake said federal agents seized 2,911 pieces of NFL memorabilia, which included counterfeit jerseys, forged signatures of current and former NFL players on NFL replica footballs and jerseys, and forged signatures of current and former NFL players on photos and posters.

During the interviews that followed, Korb admitted he had signed the names of current and former NFL players to sports memorabilia and that he listed and sold via his Ebay store.

Investigators estimated that Korb trafficked in more than $4 million worth of counterfeit goods before his business was shut down.

A sentence has not yet been issued but Drake states Korb could face up to ten years in prison and up to $2 million in fines.

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