SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Joplin, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for a scheme to defraud more than 1,200 victims by selling forged celebrity memorabilia through eBay as well as illegally possessing a firearm when he was arrested after a police chase.
David Bruce Shryock, 49, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to eight years and four months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Shryock to pay $174,894 in restitution to his victims.
On Oct. 3, 2011, Shryock pleaded guilty to wire fraud and to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Shryock admitted that, from February 2005 to December 2010, he used eight separate eBay accounts to defraud 1,232 victims. Shryock sold record album covers and sports memorabilia bearing forged autographs. For example, Shryock sold the Van Halen album, A5150,@ bearing what he falsely claimed were the artists= autographs. The winning eBay bid for the album was $177.