BOSTON – A New Hampshire company pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to trafficking counterfeit New England Patriots AFC Championship and Super Bowl t-shirts during the 2015 NFL playoffs.
CK Productions, Inc., based in Pelham, N.H., pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods. U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled sentencing for Sept. 6, 2017.
From January through February 2015, CK Productions printed and sold approximately 1,724 counterfeit t-shirts, with a total retail value of approximately $29,405. The playoff t-shirts bore the trademarked words “Patriots” and “Super Bowl” and the Patriots logo:
The penalty for trafficking in counterfeit goods against a corporation is a fine of no greater than $5 million. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Bookbinder, Chief of Weinreb’s Cyber Crime Unit, is prosecuting the case.