Final Defendant Pleads Guilty in Connection with Extensive Counterfeit Media Conspiracy in Central Valley
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. sentenced Michael Hampton, 40, of Stockton, today to two and a half years in prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. Judge Burrell also ordered Hampton to pay $282,670 in restitution to Brand Security Corporation on behalf of the trademark holders.
On January 6, 2017, Hampton pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. According to court documents, Michael Hampton imported counterfeit handbags, jackets, accessories, shoes, and jerseys from Asia and supplied them to resellers. Hampton rented storage units in Stockton and sold the counterfeit goods at the storage facility. The counterfeit goods included, Adidas, Chi, Coach, Gucci, Juicy Couture, Louis Vuitton bags, Majestic, Mitchell & Ness shirts and jerseys, New Era sporting goods, Nike shoes, Northface, and 47. In addition, Michael Hampton sold counterfeit Nike shoes on eBay.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Roger Yang prosecuted the case.