Suspected ringleader, 2 others in fake sports memorabilia ring indicted

Cliff Panezich is charged with one count of telecommunications fraud and aggravated theft and three counts of forgery

Panezich is accused of putting together a group of people to sell sports memorabilia with forged signatures through eBay, making millions in the process.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The accused ringleader of a fraudulent sports memorabilia ring and two others accused of being involved have been named in a 22-count indictment.

Cliff Panezich is charged with one count of telecommunications fraud and aggravated theft and three counts of forgery after he turned down a plea deal offered by prosecutors.

Also indicted are Jason Moore and Craig McCormick, who investigators say were involved in the sale of the phony items on eBay — a scam they say made the group millions.

Moore withdrew a plea in court last month, expressing his innocence.

Others, including Panezich’s mother, Rose, have been sentenced for their role in the crime.

According to prosecutors, Rose lied to them while being interviewed Wednesday night. Because she broke the conditions of her probation by failing to give truthful testimony, a violation will be filed Friday.