Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Counterfeit "Sons of Anarchy" Merchandise

June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Counterfeit "Sons of Anarchy" Merchandise

June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y.- In a Buffalo courtroom Wednesday afternoon, a Wayne County man pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit merchandise online.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul announced 33-year-old Ryan Breen of Savannah, pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods involving the sale of unauthorized merchandise from the popular FX Network Television series "Sons of Anarchy."

Attorneys say Breen was identified as the owner and operator of various websites which offered for sale over the Internet counterfeit t-shirts and goods using the Sons of Anarchy trademark without the permission of the Twentieth Century Fox Entertainment Group, the producer and exclusive owner of the Sons of Anarchy TV series.

Breen's websites were seized by federal agents as part of a nationwide crackdown aimed at combating intellectual property theft.

Through his websites, Breen had sold over $75,000 worth of customized Sons of Anarchy clothes, hats, and other items that infringed the trademark of Fox.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 27th. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $2,000,000 fine.