Scammer: I Forged Author Signatures
'Autographed' first editions brought big bucks in eBay fraud
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted May 20, 2009 3:10 PM CDT
A signed first edition of Anne Rice's "Interview With the Vampire" bearing the author's forged signature sold for $500.   (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi,File)
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(Newser) – A man who made more than $300,000 by selling "autographed" first editions of books that actually contained forged signatures pleaded guilty to fraud in a Philadelphia court today. Forrest Smith's offerings on eBay included books by Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Anne Rice, Tom Wolfe, and Tom Clancy, the Los Angeles Times reports. The forgeries were excellent—Smith produced them using rubber stamps he had made from the authors' signatures on other items, the Philadelphia Inquirer adds.