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Orange County Man Sentenced in Counterfeit Pin Scheme

When visiting Disneyland, it’s not hard to notice the extensive trading occurring between park visitors and with park employees. Disney pins are sold in many gift shops, and some of the most collectible pins come with a heft price. The pins are extraordinarily popular among collectors, with some rare pins selling online for more than $1,000.

Larry James Allred, a twice-convicted rapist, ran a counterfeit pin scheme in which he illegally imported counterfeit Disney pins from China and sold them on the Internet. From January 2010 to April 2011, Allred and his co-conspirator, Robert Smyrak, sent actual, collectible Disney pins to a manufacturer in China. The manufacturer copied the pins and shipped the fakes to Allred and Smyrak, which the pair sold online. The pair sold more than a million pins in bulk for less than $1 a pin. 

Authorities uncovered the scheme in February 2011 when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a shipment at Los Angeles International Airport containing more than 150 pounds of fake Disney pins. Anaheim police arrested the two in April 2011. 

Allred was sentenced to eight years in prison this week and ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution, authorities said. Symark, of Anaheim, was sentenced to one year in jail and to three years probation. Each pleaded guilty to one felony count of trademark infringement. Allred also pleaded guilty to sentence enhancements for property loss of more than $200,000.

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Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. 

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