Greece Man On Federal Supervised Release Going Back To Prison For Fraudulently Buying And Selling Sports Cards
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Kyle Bertrand, 35, of Greece, NY, who was convicted of wire fraud, was sentenced to serve 27 months in prison and ordered to pay approximately $33,000 restitution by Chief U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who handled the case, stated that stated that Bertrand is currently on supervised release following 2017 federal fraud and identity theft convictions. Between October 2021, and February 2022, Bertrand advertised on various social media and online forums that he had collectible sports cards for sale, and he also attempted to purchase sports cards that were being sold by other individuals. However, Bertrand advertised sports cards for sale that he either never possessed or never intended to deliver. For instance, he advertised sports cards that were collectible in nature and valued highly, with the ads appearing legitimate and containing appropriate information and images. When contacted by an interested buyer, Bertrand negotiated a sale price, and then directed the buyer to send payment by wire through a mobile payment service. After receiving the payment, he would send the buyer confirmation that the cards had been shipped. But, instead of receiving cards, buyers received empty boxes or cards of negligible value. In other instances, Bertrand stole collectible cards by contacting sellers, negotiating a purchase price, and making payment via credit card through processing service. Sellers would then mail the cards to Bertrand, who would then dispute his credit card payment through the credit card company, revoking the payment issued to the seller.
Bertrand defrauded a total of six victims in Florida, Ohio, Missouri, and Pennsylvania out of approximately $33,360.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia.
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Updated August 8, 2023