Larry James Allred Cuts Deal That May Pin Him to Cell for 8 Years for Selling Fake Disney Pins
Remember the two knuckleheads who dared try to import counterfeit Disney collectible pins and sell them on the Internet?
Hell, even Vlad Putin's too scared of the Mouse to pull that shit.
The second of the two guys pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges and enhancements for past crimes that could send him to state prison for eight years and leave him $201,000 lighter in the wallet.
Robert Edward Smyrak of Anaheim and Larry James Allred of Walnut imported some 80 shipments of counterfeit Disney merchandise from China that, had the products been the real deal, would have fetched nearly $2 million.
In February 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted a package at LAX that was addressed to Smyrak. Inside, agents found more than 150 pounds of counterfeit Disney pins.
After an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, as well as the Anaheim Police Department, Smyrak and Allred were arrested on April 14, 2011, and at that time they still has more than 91,000 fake pins.
The duo had planned to pass them off as official Disney merchandise online for about a buck a pin, when the official collectible pin price range is $6.95 to $14.95.
By the way, anyone else wonder if the same Chinese slaves make the real and knock-off Disney pins?
Smyrak, 54, pleaded guilty on Sept. 29, 2011, to one felony count of trademark infringement and was sentenced to a year in jail, three years of formal probation and ordered to pay restitution. Allred, 58, won't be getting off as lightly.
He pleaded guilty to a court offer of one felony count of trademark infringement with sentencing enhancements for property loss over $200,000 and admitted a 1975 prior strike conviction for rape and a 1978 prior strike conviction for kidnapping and rape. He is to be sentenced July 15 in Santa Ana.
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