Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 3, 2011 at 2:17 PM EDT

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Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 3, 2011 at 2:17 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- A 36-year-old Buffalo man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to trafficking in counterfeit goods and access device fraud.

Marvin R. Hardy faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $2 million on the trafficking charge. Access device fraud is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Hardy will be sentenced September 21.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case, stated that Hardy sold counterfeit purses bearing counterfeit marks from Versace, Burberry, Kate Spade, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Coach, Balenciaga and Coco Chanel at the “The Purse Barn” in West Seneca, New York. The defendant also charged $2,900 for transactions that never occurred on the credit cards of four customers. Those customers had previously used their credit cards at The Purse Barn.