Dallas Area Man Sentenced for Trafficking Counterfeit Apparel

Receives 18 months in federal prison

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    Joven Joven, 40, is sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and must pay more than $130,000 in restitution for trafficking counterfeit apparel.

    A Dallas area man who trafficked counterfeit apparel has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

    Joven Joven, 40, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in June 2011 to one count of trafficking in counterfeit trademarks, said U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

    Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater ordered Joven to pay $136,397 in restitution and surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on March 6.

    According to court documents, Joven and his girlfriend co-owned and operated AnteUp Sales, a Dallas-based company that distributed apparel to online stores.

    Joven located and ordered counterfeit trademarked goods, advertised the counterfeit goods on his company's website and other online stores, processed orders, and sold apparel throughout the United States.

    Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations were in charge of the investigation.

    After conducting a search of Joven's Frisco residence, they found approximately $9,400 in cash and 33 boxes containing 661 pieces of counterfeit apparel and jewelry. They also seized computers said representatives from the U.S. Attorney's office.

    Joven said he knew the sold material was counterfeit and admitted that he was not authorized by the trademark holders to sell or distribute any of it.