Arkansas Business breaks news
of the long-expected move by federal authorities to charge John Rogers
, the former sports memorabilia and photo collector from North Little Rock, with wire fraud.
A U.S. attorney in Illinois Friday filed an eight-page information alleging he had fraudulently obtained at least $10 million from investors, banks and others. The document says he made false statements that were supported by forged contracts, bogus certificates of authenticity, phantom assets, counterfeit sports memorabilia and more.
The document talks specifically of Rogers' sale in 2009 of a counterfeit Heisman trophy.
Here's the federal information, representing a single count of felony wire fraud.
Rogers' home and business were raided three years ago. Legal action on several fronts has been continuous as investors seek to recoup losses and parties dispute ownership of some legitimate property Rogers obtained.