Multiple agencies including the FBI spent six years working to uncover a sports memorabilia racket. Five accused plaintiffs pleaded guilty to fraud, but a New Jersey dealer named in the federal investigation walked free.
The lone dealer's defense team countered the criminal charges with a powerful claim. The attorneys alleged the government's "self-interested" witnesses lied to investigators and the grand jury. The revelation and supporting evidence were enough for prosecutors to reconsider the dealer's mail fraud case and drop it.