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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of California

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

San Bernardino Man Admits Smuggling Counterfeit Levi Labels For $192,000 Worth Of Jeans

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced today that Angel Garcia Hernandez pled guilty to smuggling labels, tags and buttons for counterfeit Levi jeans Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford. In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted that on December 28, 2012, he smuggled counterfeit Levi Strauss & Co. labels, buttons and tags, enough to make $192,000 worth of counterfeit jeans.

Within an hour of Garcia’s border crossing, another defendant, Amadeo Calderon Valdivinos, also attempted to smuggle counterfeit Levi Strauss & Co. labels, buttons and tags into the United States through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Calderon had enough labels to manufacture $128,000 worth of counterfeit jeans. Examination of the labels smuggled by both Garcia and Calderon by representatives of Levi Strauss & Co. revealed the same defects in the labels, suggesting that they came from the same source. According to court filings, although Garcia and Calderon both denied knowing each other at the time they crossed the border with the counterfeit labels, their cell phone records showed numerous calls between them. Calderon pled guilty to smuggling and was sentenced to time served (four months).

Sentencing for Garcia Hernandez is set for August 1, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. before the Honorable Barry Ted Moskowitz.

DEFENDANT   Case Number: 14cr1034-BTM
Angel Garcia Hernandez Age: 55  

Smuggling, in Violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 545 Maximum Penalty: 20 years in custody and/or $250,000 fine and a $100 special assessment


Department of Homeland Security Investigations

*Indictments and complaints are not evidence that the defendant committed the crime charged.  All defendants are presumed innocent until the United States meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.     

Updated July 23, 2015