An Omaha man who claimed to be selling rare sports trading cards online has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison for mail fraud and money laundering.
Federal prosecutors say none of the cards sold by 45-year-old Thomas Beatty, Jr. were authentic.
According to the United States Attorney’s office, Beatty used e-Bay to sell cards last year, claiming to have two rare trading cards of Mickey Mantle as well as cards of Joe Namath and Bill Russell. He claimed they were worth $117,500. The cards were counterfeit; worth less than $10 each.
Beatty will have to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term. He has been ordered to pay $142,000 restitution.