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Gresham man suspected of selling fake sports memorabilia

by: Contributed photos Chad Richard Baldwin

Clackamas County detectives are investigating a Gresham man who they suspect of selling forged sports memorabilia, which he claimed was authentic.

Detectives Tuesday, Aug. 23, served a search warrant at the home of Chad Richard Baldwin, 39, of Gresham at his home in the 18000 block of Southeast Clinton Street. He is suspected of committing theft by deception, computer crimes, identity theft and criminal simulation, said Sergeant James Rhodes, spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Baldwin used Craigslist in April to sell a signed Roger Maris baseball with authentication certificates to a Sherwood man, and a signed Babe Ruth baseball with a letter of authentication to a Vancouver man, Rhodes said.

'He included forged authentication certificates representing reputable companies, such as JSA Authentication and PSA/DNA Authentication,' he said.

In both cases, the signatures on the baseballs, as well as the authentications, were determined to be fraudulent, he added.

Based on evidence recovered from Baldwin's home, detectives believe there may be more victims. Baldwin did not post his ads on Craigslist under his real name and instead used a variety of aliases and phone numbers to avoid being detected, Rhodes said.

'So we're really hoping potential victims recognize him from his photo,' he said.

Anyone with information on the case, or on Baldwin, is asked to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office tipline at 503-723-4949.