Father And Son Charged With Illegally Importing Counterfeit Sports Jerseys
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
An indictment was filed today charging Shawn Robinson, 30, of Enola, Pennsylvania, and Neil Robinson, 62, of Bensalem, PA, with conspiracy to trafficking in and illegally import counterfeit sports jerseys and trafficking in counterfeit goods, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Neil Robinson is also charged with smuggling.
The indictment alleges that, between approximately September of 2007 and July 2, 2014, the father and son imported and sold counterfeit sports jerseys that they bought from unauthorized manufacturers in China. These included baseball, football, hockey, and basketball jerseys, and each had a counterfeit trademark of the sports league on the jersey. The indictment alleges that the Robinsons imported more than 8,500 counterfeit sports jerseys and paid the unauthorized manufacturers approximately $200,000 for these products.
If convicted, Shawn Robinson faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $2.25 million, up to three years of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture, and a $200 special assessment; Neil Robinson faces a maximum possible sentence of 175 years in prison, a fine of up to $15.5 million, up to three years of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture, and a $1,300 special assessment.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Albert S. Glenn.
An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, EASTERN DISTRICTof PENNSYLVANIA
Suite 1250, 615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Updated December 15, 2014