Last month a Deaf person from Washington, D.C. — Arthur Chan (31) — pled guilty to a federal charge of trafficking in counterfeit (fake) goods. He sold clothes and accessories on eBay that looked like brand-name clothes/accessories.
The Dept. of Justice posted a release that said from 2013 to 2016, he imported items from India that looked identical to Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, or Fred Perry items. He used a mailbox at a UPS store in Lanham and at his personal residence in D.C. to receive the items. He made around 610 sales of those fake items and earned $37,246.
During the investigation, law enforcement seized over 150 different fake brand-name accessories and items, including fake brand-name packaging.
Several organizations worked together to investigate Arthur — a U.S. Attorney, ICE, Homeland Security, the NASA Office of Inspector General, and the real Hugo Boss company — based in Germany — contributed.
According to the release, Arthur worked as a resources analyst at the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD — which is why the NASA was involved in this investigation. He is expected to be sentenced on May 9, 2017 and faces a likely range of 10 to 16 months in prison, a fine up to $55,000, and will have to pay back the $37,246 he earned.
DOJ Press Release: http://bit.ly/2lLXzEj
NASA OIG Release: http://go.nasa.gov/2kMFg1X