- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - A Rhode Island man who sold an unlicensed New England Patriots shirt to an undercover Massachusetts police officer that led to a warehouse full of counterfeit merchandise has pleaded guilty.

The Sun Chronicle (http://bit.ly/25OqWnl ) reports that Richard Rufo, of Johnston, was sentenced Wednesday in Attleboro District Court to 2 ½ years behind bars, with the entire sentence suspended for three years of probation.

Prosecutors say the 47-year-old Rufo sold the shirt at a sports memorabilia show in Mansfield in February.

The sale led to $130,000 in bogus goods in a Rhode Island warehouse.

The merchandise included clothing, footwear and handbags bearing trademarks including Nike, North Face, and Ralph Lauren as well as sports merchandise from the NFL, NBA, NHL and major leagues.

Rufo got a five-year suspended prison term in Rhode Island.


Information from: The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle, http://www.thesunchronicle.com



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