April 18, 2012

FAKE PRINTING COLLECTIBLES SENDS SELLER TO PRISON

NEW YORK—Kerry Haggard, 47, of Commerce, GA, was sentenced to 78 months in prison for selling horror movie posters and lobby cards that he represented over the Internet and elsewhere as authentic vintage collectibles, but were in fact fakes, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced. Haggard pled guilty to one count of mail fraud on Oct. 24, 2011, and was sentenced this week in Manhattan federal court by U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon.

From January 2006 to August 2009, Haggard engaged in a scheme to defraud collectors by selling purportedly vintage horror movie posters and lobby cards that he represented as original pieces, knowing that the items were reproductions he had created himself. Haggard used a New York-based printing company to make high-quality copies of horror movie cards or posters from either hard copies or digital scans of pieces he provided. He also used a restoration company to attach the copies to lobby card stock and alter the resulting product to make it look as real as possible.

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