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Ocean City Brewery Owner Signs Plea Deal in Fraud Scheme

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Ocean City Brewery Company in Ocean City, Maryland. The owner is charged with running a fraudulent online sales scheme. (Photo: WBOC) Ocean City Brewery Company in Ocean City, Maryland. The owner is charged with running a fraudulent online sales scheme. (Photo: WBOC)
Federal court documents out of the Middle District of Pennsylvania detail the charges against Joshua Shores, a local brewery owner, charged with operating fraudulent online businesses. (Photo: WBOC) Federal court documents out of the Middle District of Pennsylvania detail the charges against Joshua Shores, a local brewery owner, charged with operating fraudulent online businesses. (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- The owner of the Ocean City Brewery Company has signed a plea deal with the U.S. Department of Justice after he was charged for running multiple illegal, online sports memorabilia businesses.

Prosecutors said Joshua Shores, owner of the Ocean City Brewery Company in Ocean City, ran a five-year fraud scheme from 2008 to 2013. 

They said Shores bought counterfeit sports jerseys in bulk from China and signed fake autographs of famous sports athletes to them. He then sold them online for money, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Shores made approximately $2.5 million over the course of his five-year scheme. 

WBOC reached out to Shores and his attorney today for comment. Both phone calls were not returned.

Shores signed a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney's Office. Representatives from the Office said Shores has not been officially taken into custody and that a plea hearing has not yet been set.

Shores is officially charged with wire fraud. After the plea hearing comes sentencing. The charge is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to Justice Department officials.

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