- Associated Press - Monday, July 14, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted a Twin Cities man on charges of trafficking counterfeit sports jerseys made in China.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday that federal charges of conspiracy and trafficking in counterfeit goods have been filed against Brian Gore of Inver Grove Heights.

The indictment accuses Gore of conspiring with others to get counterfeit sports jerseys from China, move them to the U.S. and sell them to the public from 2009 to 2012. He’s accused of selling to a retailer in Roseville as well as selling jerseys in Miami, site of the 2010 Super Bowl.

A message seeking comment was left with Gore’s attorney, Doug Olson, Monday afternoon.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Coalition to Advance the Protection of Sports Logos.

J. Michael Netherland, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations’ St. Paul office, said trafficking in counterfeit goods “is not a victimless crime.” He said the money generated is often tied to organized crime.

Gore could face up to 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine if convicted.

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