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BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. (PIX11) — Got to hand it to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Division of Criminal Justice.  It’s accomplished something novel.  It’s pulled off an investigation so secret that there’s no evidence it even happened.

Last November we revealed that the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office made false statements in an official document.

ballThe point was to get a no bid contract for the prosecutor’s handpicked memorabilia authenticator.  The goal was to auction off items he’d seized from a rogue drug store owner back in 2007.  The major problem was that Prosecutor John Molinelli had been warned in litigation that most of the material he’d seized had phony autographs.

Molinelli got the Bergen County Board of Freeholders to sign off on a $10,000 no bid contract to use Drew Max, a guy you have seen on the TV show “Pawn Stars” some years back.  Max authenticated hundreds of the signatures and Molinelli sold many to unsuspecting bidders at two auctions last year.

He has said he brought in more than $40,000, most of it for his seized asset fund.

Molinelli maintained he did nothing wrong and the signatures were authentic. But after our stories aired he was forced to offer refunds to the purchasers.

The incident led North Jersey gadfly Bill Brennan to file a criminal complaint against the prosecutor.  First it went to the Bergen County Police. Then to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Division of Criminal Justice.

Earlier this month, the AG’s office sent out a letter to people who’d complained. It said their information “was received and reviewed…The matter is now closed.”

John Slokovitz and his wife, Mary, were so happy to bring back junk they bought as authentic and get back more than 23-hundred-dollars.  Now, they have different emotions.

“We have never heard from them. We have never gotten any correspondence from them asking for any of our information,” John told us. “Then out of the blue we get this letter in the mail…It hurts.”

Joe Orlando is President of PSA/DNA, a leading memorabilia authentication company. PSA/DNA doesn’t even have an auction arm. But the prosecutor’s office claimed it did in its memo to the county. It even claimed PSA/DNA wanted to auction off his seized items. So Orlando is understandably angry at what the memo says and the fact the Attorney General’s office seems to be ignoring it.

“So this is not a matter of opinion. This is not a matter of misunderstanding. These things were simply made up…No one has made an attempt to reach out as far as I know.   I mean I’ve received no messages, no emails. Nothing.”

“They didn’t investigate anything,” says Bill Brennan, the guy whose criminal complaint spawned the Attorney General’s purported investigation.  They took the information, they called nobody. They investigated nothing. They discussed nothing. They verified nothing…Each and every person involved in this is demonstrating a complete absence of ethics and integrity.”

Brennan vows to pursue his criminal complaint.  We’ll stay on the story, too.