“Eli Manning could dodge charges for alleged memorabilia scam”
Eli Manning’s smoking-gun e-mail allegedly seeking phony game-worn gear meant to dupe collectors was sent too long ago for the FBI or New Jersey state prosecutors to bring criminal fraud charges, sources said Friday.
The federal statute of limitations is five years — and it is six in the Garden State — and the e-mail from Manning to an equipment manager asking for “2 helmets that can pass as game used” was sent in 2010.
But that doesn’t mean the Giants star is in the clear.
Legal experts say the e-mail and another sent by the Giants star about the equipment could be still be used against him if evidence of a fraud within the last five years emerges.
“A conspiracy is chargeable even if some of the conduct occurs more than five years ago so long as you have an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy that happened within five years,” explained Robert Ray, a former prosecutor and attorney with Thompson & Knight.