Prattville Man Pleads Guilty to Copyright Infringement
Montgomery, Alabama– Ivory Vernell Nevels, 53, entered a plea of guilty to criminal copyright infringement and possession of counterfeit currency, announced George L. Beck, Jr., United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. Nevels entered the plea of guilty before United States District Judge Carlos Eduardo Mendoza visiting from the Middle District of Florida.
Nevels, who referred to himself as “Mr. Everything,” had a store in Prattville, Alabama, known as Stack A Dollar. At Stack A Dollar, Nevels sold counterfeit handbags, purses, wallets, watches, and other goods which bore counterfeit marks registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. During the investigation, federal agents executed a search warrant at Stack A Dollar and seized approximately $160,000 in counterfeit goods.
Nevels also illegally copied copyrighted music and movies, in violation of federal copyright laws. Theses counterfeit recordings were sold at his store.
As to the Criminal Copyright Infringement charge, Nevels now faces up to five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. He faces up to twenty years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for possession of the counterfeit currency.
A date has not yet been set for his sentencing.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, Millbrook Police Department, and Prattville Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Curtis Ivy and Bradley Bodiford.