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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 12, 2015

Bedford County Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking In Counterfeit Pro Sports Team Apparel

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Everett, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of trafficking in counterfeit goods, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

John F. Crawford, IV, 48, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on Oct. 25, 2012, Crawford trafficked in various counterfeit National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball logo apparel.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for May 12, 2015, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court released Crawford on $5,000 bond.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Crawford.

Updated July 14, 2015