Illinois Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Passing Counterfeit United States Currency and Attempted Passing Counterfeit United States Currency
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a New York man convicted of Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods or Services was sentenced on October 17, 2014, by U.S. Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
Samuel Ascolese, age 45, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day of imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and $72,652.99 in restitution.
In August 2013, during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Ascolese, owner of Custom Tattoo Apparel, knowingly sold counterfeit T-Shirts. The counterfeits were from many different trademark holders including Monster Energy, Sons of Anarchy (20th Century Fox), Honda, Acura, Jack Daniels, Ford/Powerstroke, Cummins, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Dodge/Mopar/Chrysler, and Browning.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case. Ascolese was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.