U.S. Attorney Mark Totten today announced that Chief U.S. District Judge Hala Y. Jarbou sentenced Bryan Kennert, 57, of Norton Shores, to 30 months in prison after selling $43,354.94 of antique baseball card packs that he represented as original and unopened.

Tennessee Man Gets 5 Years In Multi-State Sports Card Burglary Spree

Jason L. Cates, 38, was sentenced in federal court on Monday to five years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves for conspiring to transport stolen sports cards and other sports merchandise across state lines. 

Jason L. Cates, 38, was sentenced in federal court on Monday to five years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves for conspiring to transport stolen sports cards and other sports merchandise across state lines. 

According to his plea agreement, from August 19, 2021, to October 14, 2021, Cates burglarized multiple sports cards businesses in Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, and Georgia, taking thousands of dollars of sports cards and other merchandise and transporting them across state lines back to his home in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

He then sold the cards to buyers he found online and kept the proceeds for his own financial benefit.

In addition to his prison sentence, Cates was also ordered to pay $289,266 in restitution and $50,000 as part of a forfeiture money judgment. 

Under federal law, Cates must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.  Upon his release, his three-year term of supervision by the U.S. Probation Office will commence.

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