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Man Busted for Selling Fake Vintage Horror Posters on eBay

Preying on the devotion of horror-movie loyalists, a Georgia man has been selling fake movie posters on eBay for years. According to The New York Times, Kerry Haggard was finally arrested Wednesday on mail fraud charges for using high-tech inkjet printers, housed at a New York printing company, to create reproductions of vintage horror movie posters to sell. Haggard sold posters ranging in price from $500 to $5,000 to about 25 eBay customers. The scam worked, too, until customers started trying to consign the fake works, which included 'Frankenstein,' 'Son of Frankenstein' and 'The Mummy's Hand,' at auction houses, and began consulting restoration experts.

Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, told the Times that Haggard's scam was a "real-life horror show for his victims, who are allegedly out of pocket more than $1 million." For that, Haggard could serve up to 20 years in prison, and face $250,000 in fines. Somewhere, we hope Bela Lugosi is grinning creepily at justice being served. [From: The New York Times]

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