Man charged with sale of fake sports jerseys
ST. PAUL -- An Inver Grove Heights man sold counterfeit sports jerseys to a Roseville retail store and at the 2010 NFL Super Bowl in Miami, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down this month.
Brian Todd Gore, 45, was charged with conspiracy and trafficking in counterfeit goods, according to the indictment.
The indictment filed Wednesday stated that Gore conspired with others to traffic sports jerseys imported from China from November 2009 through September 2012.
If convicted, Gore faces up to 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine.
According to the indictment:
In November 2009, one of Gore’s co-conspirators possessed about 177 counterfeit sportswear items in his retail store in Roseville, some or all of which he had purchased from Gore. The indictment did not name the retail store, but it said the man resold the counterfeit jerseys to the public.
In February 2010, Gore traveled to Miami with conspirators before the Feb. 7 Super Bowl to sell counterfeit NFL jerseys. He had about 383 counterfeit NFL jerseys and two DHL shipping receipts for packages sent from China to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Gore and his co-conspirators also possessed about 70 counterfeit NFL jerseys at a Fort Lauderdale apartment where they were living temporarily, the indictment said.
In November that year, the conspirator from the Roseville retail store was behind the shipment of about 15 counterfeit NFL and Major League Baseball jerseys from Taiwan, addressing them to his store under a label that said they were cotton ladies’ T-shirts. U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted the package.
The conspirator from the Roseville store was also found to have had two sheets of counterfeit NFL stickers and more than 80 counterfeit sports jerseys on Sept. 14, 2012.
That same day, Gore tried to deliver about 30 counterfeit sports jerseys to the co-conspirator at the Roseville store. Gore had about 773 counterfeit sports jerseys in his van and 639 jerseys at his Inver Grove Heights residence. He also had nearly 700 counterfeit jerseys in a leased storage unit in Des Moines, Iowa.
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