Four people were indicted in Denver this week for computer crime, filing false tax returns and trademark counterfeiting, said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.
The four are accused of selling counterfeit cycling jerseys and bicycle components on the Internet. Counterfeit items seized from apartments have an estimated suggested retail value of $285,306, according to a press release about the indictment.
Piotr Abramczyk, Pawel Abramczyk and Donatas Juodzevicius allegedly opened eBay accounts used to unlawfully sell counterfeit merchandise. Records show sales of more than $200,000 between 2008 and 2012. Sally Sogue was also indicted for filing false tax returns.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led the investigation, and worked in cooperation with the Colorado attorney general and the Colorado Department of Revenue. Significant assistance was also provided by Specialized Bicycles Brand Security and eBay.
“Our Homeland Security Investigations counterfeit and cyber enforcement operations play an important role in protecting U.S. trademarks, especially when we team up with other agencies,” said Kumar C. Kibble, special agent in charge of HIS Denver. “Enforcing U.S. trademarks helps protect U.S. jobs while also protecting consumers from inferior merchandise.”
Selling counterfeit merchandise is a crime that has significant public safety consequences, and causes economic losses in the form of lost jobs and lost income to legitimate companies.
The filing of criminal charges or an indictment is merely a formal accusation that an individual committed a crime. These cases will be prosecuted in Denver District Court .