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.