- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A New York man accused of selling counterfeit T-shirts at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

Forty-five-year-old Samuel Ascolese was charged in federal court with trafficking in counterfeit goods or services. The charge stemmed from the 2013 rally.

Ascolese owns Custom Tattoo Apparel. Authorities say he knowingly sold the bogus shirts that included trademark holders such as Honda, Acura, Jack Daniels and Monster Energy.

Defense attorney Nino Tinari tells The Associated Press that his client has accepted responsibility and agreed to pay back more than $72,000 in proceeds as part of a negotiated settlement.

Tinari says Ascolese ran a legitimate business for many years and calls this case “a total aberration.”

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