Man sentenced to 30 months for counterfeit sales

A 47-year-old man was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after he was found guilty of selling counterfeit luxury apparel and accessories.

Marvin Johnson of Baltimore owned a store called "Prestigious Fashions" in the 500 block of Pennsylvania Ave. and two sales booths, "Marvin's Prestigious" at the North Point Flea Market in Baltimore County and Hunter's Sales Barn in Cecil County.

Federal prosecutor said Johnson sold clothing and accessories bearing trademarks identical to those used by Coach, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Polo and Nike.

He sold numerous items at all three of these locations between July and Sept. 3, 2010, when police arrested him after searching his properties and cars. Prosecutors said they found 3,600 counterfeit items and $23,957 in cash.

"Counterfeiters like Mr. Johnson rip off customers by selling substandard products," William Winter, the special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Baltimore office, said in a statement.

Prosecutors estimated that the total retail value lost by the legitimate companies in relation to Johnson's sales was between $400,000 and $1 million.

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