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November 15, 2016Denver, CO, United StatesIntellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

2 twin brothers who worked with a former Colorado Springs police officer to sell counterfeit Denver Broncos merchandise in Denver sentenced to probation

DENVER — Two twin brothers who pleaded guilty to illegally selling counterfeit Denver Broncos merchandise at the Mile High Flea Market were sentenced Tuesday to three years’ probation in Adams County District Court.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Economic Crime Unit of the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.

Marc Misko, 62, pleaded guilty in Adams County to solicitation to commit money laundering and was fined $7,500. Mitchell Misko, 62, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft and was fined $5,000.

The Misko brothers were charged in August along with Glenn Ford and David Brian Henrichsen, a former lieutenant with the Colorado Springs (Colorado) Police Department. They were charged with operating a business by selling counterfeit sports merchandise at the Mile High Flea Market from Nov. 14, 2006 to Jan. 10, 2015. The merchandise was falsely marked and identified as official merchandise of the Denver Broncos and other Denver professional and college teams, as well as teams based in other cities throughout the country.

The joint investigation into the illegal sales began in 2014. HSI special agents seized $700,000 MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) in counterfeit NFL merchandise from the Miskos’ booth at the flea market Jan. 10, 2015.

Ford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft and is set to be sentenced Dec. 13. Henrichsen’s next court appearance is Dec. 15 for setting a preliminary hearing.

Trafficking counterfeit goods is the second-largest illicit trade activity, valued at roughly $250 billion annually. In fiscal year 2014, HSI, working through its National Intellectual Property Rights Center, seized more than 23,000 counterfeit items with an MSRP of $1.2 billion. Members of the public are encouraged toreport information about suspected counterfeiters by calling ICE’s toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE, or by completing its online tip form.