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Immigrations and Customs Enforcement intensify investigations of IP theft

23 June 2011 No Comment

Marvin Johnson was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for trafficking in counterfeit goods. Johnson was also required to forfeit $23,957 in unlawful proceeds seized by officers.

Johnson sold counterfeit luxury apparel and accessories that bore trademarks identical to trademarks used by Coach, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Polo and Nike. Johnson owned and operated a retail store known as “Prestigious Fashions,” and two sales booths, all located in or near Baltimore, Maryland.

Undercover officers purchased counterfeit goods from Johnson who said the items were “fake” and also told officers that he hosts “purse parties” in order to sell the counterfeit items. Approximately 3,600 items of counterfeit luxury wearing apparel and accessories with the above stated brand names were seized from six locations and vehicles associated with Johnson. The lost retail value of the goods seized is estimated to be at least $400,000.

Also located in Johnson’s van was a cease and desist letter from Coach. However, the back of the letter contained Johnson’s notations regarding further sales of counterfeit goods.

Counterfeit sellers beware ICE is coming for you!!

Danielle Phillips

Fashion Law Contributor

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