MN Man Sentenced 37 Months In Counterfeit Jersey Scam
An Inver Grove Heights man charged last year for conspiring to traffic counterfeit jerseys was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison.
Brian Todd Gore (a.k.a. Sammy Walker), 46, pled guilty in December and was convicted of ordering counterfeit jerseys from Chinese suppliers and selling the athletic gear to buyers in Minnesota and elsewhere. The owner of AME Sports, a Minnesota sports memorabilia store in Roseville, was one such buyer and a co-conspirator with Gore.
The apparel scam touched nearly every major sports league—including the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and various NCAA teams.
Suspicion over Gore’s actions was raised when he and other Minnesotans traveled to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV to sell fake NFL jerseys. The group encountered undercover officers at the event, and 383 jerseys were seized along with international shipping receipts from China.
Two years later, Gore was caught in possession of more than 2,000 counterfeit jerseys and hats. Some pieces of the gear fetched as much as $300 each for its authentic counterpart. The goods confiscated at this time would have sold for more than $320,000.
The criminal actions Gore was charged with occurred between November 2009 and September 2012.