Sioux Falls, SD (CNS) – A 28-year-man from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been slapped with more than $20,000 in fines for selling counterfeit fashion clothing over the Internet to customers.
The buyers were told they are paying for the real brands.
James Van Ampting however avoided prison time but was sentenced him to five years of probation, a $1,000 fine and order to pay $22,440 in restitution to the victims.
Van Ampting had faced a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or a $2 million fine, plus restitution.
Ampting pleaded guilty in federal court in Sioux Falls to trafficking in stolen goods from February 1, 2007 to April 12, 2007.
He confessed dealing in the sales of counterfeit Nikes and other items.
The list includes 76 purses, 69 pairs of shoes, nine wallets, five pairs of Oakley sunglasses, three Lacoste shirts, three Rolex watches and an Apple iPhone.