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Two Sentenced For Trafficking Counterfeit goods

March 4, 2013
Contact: Ace Crawford
605-343-2913 ext. 2101

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that two people from Rapid City, South Dakota convicted of Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods and Services were sentenced on February 22, 2013 by Chief U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Ravaye Meltzer, age 34, and Bar Braver, age 29, were both sentenced to 1 year of probation, ordered to pay $100 to the Victim Assistance Fund, and forfeited their rights in approximately $300,000 in bank accounts and goods.

Between February 2010 and August 2011, Meltzer and Braver intentionally sold counterfeit goods near Rapid City, Keystone, Deadwood, Hill City, and Sturgis. The sale of the counterfeit goods violated the trademarks held by Monster Energy, Angry Birds, Hollister, The North Face, and Ed Hardy.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case.



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