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South Side Man Sentenced to Probation for Selling Counterfeit Sports Jerseys

March 23, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Allegheny County has been sentenced in federal court to four years probation, six months home detention and a special assessment of $100 on his conviction of trademark counterfeiting and filing a false income tax return, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry imposed the sentence on Anthony Powell, 46, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, 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.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Powell.

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