Sep 9, 2013 6:47 PM by KATC
37-year-old Brennan LeBlanc of Lafayette pleaded guilty Friday to trafficking counterfeit Apple, Inc. products, according to United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley.
In May of 2012, investigators told U.S. Homeland Security investigators that Iphonelafayette.com was selling counterfeit iPhone merchandise. Leblanc owns the store which is located on Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says on May 9, 2012, HSI agents, along with a private investigator working for Apple, entered the Kaliste Saloom store. The private investigator was an industry
representative who specialized in trademark and copyright infringement investigations.
The investigator purchased several covers displaying the brand insignia for Louis Vuitton, Coach, Otter Box, and Apple for $100; the cases purchased were counterfeit.
Additionally, on January 15, 2013, an undercover Louisiana State Police trooper purchased an Apple iPhone sleeve and Luis Vuitton case from the store, which were also determined to be counterfeit. The undercover trooper spoke with Leblanc who advised that additional similar counterfeit cases would be delivered the next week.
On January 25, 2013, HSI searched the business and discovered numerous counterfeit items, including 31 Louis Vuitton iPhone cases, 8 Coach iPhone cases, 241 Otter Box iPhone cases, and 427 Apple iPhone cases. LeBlanc admitted that all of the cases were counterfeit.
LeBlanc faces up to 10 years in prison, a $2 million fine, and three years of supervised release for trafficking in counterfeit goods or services. A sentencing date was not set.
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