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August 10, 2001

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
San Diego, California


United States Attorney
Patrick K. O'Toole

For Further Information, Contact: Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip L.B. Halpern (619) 557-5165

For Immediate Release

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY

United States Attorney Patrick K. O'Toole announced today that Nathan William Harrison was sentenced in San Diego by United States District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz to six months in custody, based on his previous guilty plea to a two-count information charging him with conspiracy and tax evasion for tax year 1998. Harrison was a wholesale distributor of counterfeit sports memorabilia and operated a business in San Marcos known as LNN Enterprises. Harrison is one of over thirty defendants who have pled guilty in Operation Bullpen, a Government investigation aimed at countering the nationwide fraud responsible for flooding the American marketplace with hundreds of millions of dollars in counterfeit sports and celebrity memorabilia.

In connection with his plea, Harrison admitted that he was responsible for distributing counterfeit sports and celebrity memorabilia through his business, LNN Enterprises in San Marcos. LNN Enterprises' customers included Forrest Golembeske, doing business as Frosty's Sportscards and Collectibles in Fullerton, California, Lowell Katz, doing business as The Beautiful and the Unusual in Long Beach, California, Anthony Marion doing business as Pro Sports in San Diego, and numerous others. The counterfeit sports memorabilia was eventually sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars to consumers who were unaware of the fraudulent nature of the memorabilia. Harrison obtained his counterfeit memorabilia directly from Greg and John Marino. The Marinos were responsible for the forging of the memorabilia.

Harrison evaded his federal income taxes by failing to file Federal Income Tax Returns declaring over $150,000 in illegal income he made from counterfeiting activity in 1997 and 1998.

DEFENDANT

Name:
Nathan Harrison

Business:
LNN Enterprises
San Marcos, CA


SUMMARY OF CHARGES

Title 26, United States Code, Section 7201: Tax Evasion
Maximum Sentence of 5 years in prison and fine not to exceed $250,000.

Title 18, United States Code, Section 371: Conspiracy
Maximum Sentence of 5 years in prison and fine not to exceed $250,000


AGENCIES

Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation
San Diego, California

Federal Bureau of Investigation
San Diego, California