8 Sentenced In Counterfeit Trafficking Ring

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Eight people have been sentenced for trafficking counterfeit goods, including fake NFL and NHL jerseys.

All eight people were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Fergus Falls on one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. They received sentences ranging from three years’ probation to one year in prison, and they all must pay restitution.

Prosecutors say one of the defendants ordered the counterfeit goods from suppliers in China, and then supplied them to others to resell at a profit in various stores. Authorities say they found the counterfeit goods at stores in Bemidji, Alexandria and Duluth.

Prosecutors say the conspiracy operated from September 2007 through the end of 2009.

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