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Department of Justice
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District of Massachusetts

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Revere Man Charged with Counterfeit Goods and Services

BOSTON - A Revere man was charged today in federal court in Boston in connection with importing and selling counterfeit apparel.

Paul G. Adri, 34, was charged with one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods and services, one count of smuggling goods into the United States, one count of conspiracy and one count of wire fraud. Adri was arrested today and released on conditions following an initial appearance.

According to the charging document, Adri improperly utilized trademarks held by Adidas, Nike, the NFL, and the NBA, among others, and ignored two separate notices from U.S. Customs and Border Protection relating to his illegal counterfeiting activities.

The charge of trafficking in counterfeit goods and services provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of no more than $2 million. The charges of smuggling goods into the United States and wire fraud each provide for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of no more than $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss. The charge of conspiracy provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of no more than $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mackenzie Queenin of Lelling’s Cybercrime Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated December 6, 2018