Round Rock Man Faces Federal Counterfeiting Charges
Authorities in Austin today arrested 58-year-old Steve Kim on federal counterfeiting charges, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, San Antonio.
A federal grand jury indictment returned this week charges Kim with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. According to the indictment, from January 2010 until June 2, 2017, Kim knowingly sold more than $325,000 worth of counterfeit sports apparel on eBay. A vast majority of the items was acquired in China and shipped to his home in Round Rock. Those items included National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), and National Hockey League (NHL) jerseys and hats.
On June 2, 2017, federal and state authorities executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence and seized more than 2,300 items bearing counterfeit markings to include NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, Reebok, Louis Vuitton, New Era and others. Suggested retail value of the seized items exceeds $189,000.
Upon conviction, Kim faces up to five years in federal prison on the conspiracy charge and up to ten years in federal prison on the counterfeit goods charge.
HSI Austin, with assistance from the Austin Police Department and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Galdo is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.
It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.