Kentucky man convicted of selling counterfeit helmets on eBay

By Stephen Frothingham

Stepp was charged with selling Specialized, Giro and Catlike helmets he had purchased on Ali Express.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BRAIN) — After a four-day trial, Matthew S. Stepp of Shepherdsville, Kentucky, was found guilty Friday of eight counts of mail fraud and three counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods for selling counterfeit high-end bike helmets on eBay.

U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman of the Western District of Kentucky announced the conviction. Sentencing is scheduled for September.

“What might appear on its face to be an esoteric white collar prosecution is, in fact, an all-out effort to keep kids and families safe,” said Coleman “This office will continue to work with our federal law enforcement partners to protect Americans from counterfeit personal safety equipment and companies from theft of their intellectual property.”

Stepp was charged with conducting a scheme to defraud consumers by marketing and selling the helmets between May and November 2014. Prosecutors said Stepp had purchased the counterfeit helmets for pennies on the dollar from Ali Express. Stepp was also charged with three counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods.

During the trial, representatives from Specialized testified that in mid-October 2014 they realized that Stepp was marketing counterfeit Specialized S-Works Prevail helmets. Specialized immediately notified …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News