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Corinna Business Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2014

Contact: Joel B. Casey
F. Todd Lowell
Assistant United States Attorneys
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Robert
Berg Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a “Berg Sportswear” of Corinna, Maine pleaded guilty today in
U.S. District Court in Bangor to trafficking in counterfeit goods.

The defendant operates a screen printing business that prints, markets and sells apparel
items bearing trademarks and other logos and images. A trademark is a symbol, word, or words
legally registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office or established by use as
representing a company or product. According to court records, between January 2006 and
January 2011, the defendant counterfeited apparel bearing the trademarks of the Boston Red Sox,
Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, New York Yankees, Harley Davidson, John Deere, Jack
Daniels, Orange County Choppers and Playboy. Employees designed counterfeit trademarks,
created screens from which the trademarks could be printed on apparel items and printed the
counterfeit trademarks on those items.

The defendant faces a fine of up to $5,000,000. It will be sentenced after the completion
of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

On January 7, 2014, defendant’s owner, Robert Berg, pleaded guilty to being an
accessory after the fact to the manufacture of 1,000 or more marijuana plants arising from his
involvement in assisting individuals involved in the operation of the Township 37 marijuana
grow evade apprehension.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland
Security Investigations, with the assistance of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the
Internal Revenue Service -- Criminal Investigation Division.

 

 

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