Memorabilia Dealer Gets Probation
Apr. 30, 1999
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A sports memorabilia dealer was sentenced Friday to four months of probation for selling more than 1,000 fake signatures of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Randa also ordered Ron Marth to pay a $5,000 fine and restitution to his victims as determined by a government review.
Marth, 53, who operated a memorabilia store in suburban Milwaukee, was also sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Marth pleaded guilty last May to a federal fraud charge. He promised to cooperate with investigators in identifying the person who forged Favre's signature on 8-by-10 inch photographs of the athlete.
The agreement also included Marth admission that he participated in a scheme from January 1997 to mid-February 1998 to sell at least 1,000 items with forged Favre signatures.