Florida man to pay $80,000 for Sturgis rally counterfeiting

2013-07-23T21:00:00Z 2013-07-24T07:35:04Z Florida man to pay $80,000 for Sturgis rally counterfeitingJournal staff Rapid City Journal
July 23, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

A 55-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to a year of probation and more than $80,000 in fines and restitution for selling counterfeit goods in connection with the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

Chief U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken of Rapid City sentenced Nir Giist of Ormand Beach, Fla., to probation, a $10,000 fine, $70,000 in restitution to victims — including Monster Energy, The North Face, American Eagle and Rovio Entertainment (Angry Birds) — and also to pay $100 to the federal Crime Victims Fund.

Giist was convicted earlier of selling counterfeit T-shirts, hats, pants, shorts and other items in seven stores owned or leased in the Black Hills through the Sturgis Black Hills Rally S.D., LLC.,  between February 2010 and August 2011. 

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said in a news release Tuesday that the products were designed and marketed to deceive customers and violated trademarks held by the victims in the case.

Johnson said the case should serve as a reminder that the upcoming rally increases the chance of counterfeit goods being sold or counterfeit money being passed. Johnson urged members of the public to contact authorities if they suspect counterfeit trafficking.

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  1. Stewart032
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    Stewart032 - April 25, 2014 5:18 am
    Bogus merchandisers are violating trademarks and patents. This should not be tolerated; sale of counterfeit goods in the United States each year is enormous. An estimated 750,000 jobs are lost and $200 to $250 billion has been lost in revenue. Let us think legal ways in order to live in this economic adversity. Not in this kind of illegal operation, importing counterfeit products.
  2. ZAR
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    ZAR - July 23, 2013 9:40 pm
    "U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said in a news release Tuesday that the products were designed and marketed to deceive customers and violated trademarks held by the victims in the case."

    Then that was aggravated theft and he should have ben sentenced appropriately, however he had a buckload of cash and therefore under South Dakota law was found to be a minor thief and only sentenced to probation!!
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