United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2008 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FEDERAL PLEAS HEARD IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
SHERMAN, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that two Texas men have pleaded guilty to separate federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas. The pleas were heard by United States Magistrate Judge Don D. Bush.
VINCENT WING-SHING WONG, 29, of Allen, Texas pleaded guilty today to printing and using counterfeit postage meter stamps.
According to information presented in court, beginning around January 2001 through November 2007, Wong printed counterfeit postage meter stamps and affixed them to packages which he mailed using the United States postal Service. Wong used the counterfeit postage meter stamps mail items he sold on eBay and then used the money generated by these sales to buy more goods. Wong admitted that he did not pay at least $314,277.00 for postage that he used. Wong also admitted that due to the nature and circumstances surrounding his acquisition of the merchandise that he sold on eBay, he believes the merchandise was stolen.
Wong faces up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00 at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terri L. Hagan.
ALVIN RAY GIPSON, JR., 34, of Frisco, Texas pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement.
According to information presented in court, beginning about 2006, Gipson reproduced and distributed copyrighted movies and music recordings having an approximate value of $93,845.62.
Gipson faces up to 3 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00 at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terri L. Hagan.
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