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Pittsburgh Man Plead Guilty To Selling Counterfeit Professional Sports Team Jersey And Filing a False Income Tax Return

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December 6 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of trademark counterfeiting and filing a false income tax  return, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Anthony Powell, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Anthony Powell is a retired former member of the U.S. Armed Forces. He was stationed in South Korea. He began to purchase counterfeit sports jerseys there and ship them to the United States, sometimes using false customs declarations and mail drop locations at the homes of others. He sold those jerseys on e-Bay and other web sites.  A search of Powell's mother's home resulted in the seizure and confiscation of 167 professional sports team jerseys, which later were examined and determined to be counterfeit jerseys.

Judge McVerry scheduled sentencing for March 23, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 13 years in prison, a fine of $1,250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, Powell remains free on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Hull is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Anthony Powell.

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