Former Arnold Store Owner Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Goods
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Deborah Pittman, 58, a former resident of Arnold and Broken Bow, Nebraska, was sentenced on August 13, 2012, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to five years of probation by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard for trafficking in counterfeit goods. The sentence also orders Richardson to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a fine of $25,000.00
Pittman was a self-employed owner of a business called Classic Coyote, with a storefront location in Arnold, Nebraska, from 2007 to 2011. In February 2010, agents of Homeland Security Investigations, Department of Homeland Security, purchased items from Classic Coyote which were later determined to be a counterfeit Kate Spade purse and a counterfeit Coach watch. The following April, agents executed a search warrant and seized over 1000 counterfeit contraband items and 600 counterfeit labels. The counterfeit items included purses, watches, wallets, belts, hats, scarves, and sunglasses, all of which Pittman will forfeit to the United States as a result of the conviction.
This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security.