Girard man pleads 'not guilty' to bank fraud in alleged baseball card scam
A Girard man has pled "not guilty" to one charge of bank fraud related to an alleged baseball card scam.
Cord Monroe of Girard appeared in court on Monday in relation to an alleged scam in which Monroe is accused of conning auctioneers out of thousands of dollars through the sale of vintage baseball cards with faked autographs.
Investigators accused Monroe of forging autographs on baseball cards originally packaged with tobacco products from 1909 through 1911. These cards are widely collected.
Investigators say two auction sites lost over $73,000 in transactions with Monroe involving a total of 14 forged cards.
The defense requested Monroe be evaluated for his mental competency before moving forward within the case. The government did not object.
Monroe was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond with standard and special conditions.