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Apparent counterfeit Broncos merchandise yields serious charges

Alleged counterfeit merchandise for the NFL Broncos is at the center of a criminal case against four Colorado men. The men face several different serious charges, including money laundering and racketeering. One of the accused is a former lieutenant who served with a Colorado-area police department.

The men -- who range in age from 51 to 63 years old -- allegedly operated a counterfeit merchandise business that ran from Nov. 2006 until Jan. 2015, when investigators shut down the operation. The business apparently operated at a local flea market and sold Broncos merchandise that was marked as official even though none of it was associated with the team or the NFL. Merchandise related to other college and professional teams was allegedly also counterfeited and sold.

An investigation concluded that the merchandise likely came from China, and the operation included several shell companies in order to move funds around. Agents seized the operation's merchandise on hand, which was valued at about $68,000. It is also believed that more than $860,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise was purchased from China during the period that the business operated.

Accusations of violating Colorado's Organized Crime Control Act typically results in serious charges for defendants. While charges of money laundering and racketeering are often referred to as white collar crimes, it does not diminish the serious consequences that can come from a conviction. Timely approaches to reviewing charges and beginning defense preparations can be especially helpful when defendants are concerned about their futures and hoping to garner the most favorable outcomes possible.

Source: CBS Denver, "Former Police Officer Among Suspects In Sale Of Counterfeit Broncos Gear", Aug. 5, 2016

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