April 23, 2018
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Man accused selling counterfeit cellphone covers in Maine

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A Pennsylvania man charged in U.S. District Court with selling to a Maine buyer fake cellphone covers made to look like OtterBox-brand covers was arrested Tuesday in the Keystone State.

Michael Kurnik, 25, of York, Pennsylvania, is charged with one count each of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and trafficking in counterfeit goods.

Kurnick was indicted July 8 by a federal grand jury in Portland. The indictment was sealed until his arrest.

The circumstances surrounding his arrest were not available early Tuesday afternoon.

He made his first appearance Tuesday in federal court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and was released on unsecured bail, according to information posted on the court system’s electronic case filing system. His arraignment date in federal court in Maine had not been set as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Kurnik allegedly obtained counterfeit OtterBox cellphone cases between June 2013 and February 2014 from China and sold them to customers. Each cover bore a counterfeit mark “that was substantially indistinguishable from the [Otterbox] registered trademark,” the indictment said.

On Dec. 11, 2013, Kurnik allegedly shipped 130 cellphone cases to an unnamed person at an undisclosed address in South Portland. He possessed 6,700 counterfeit covers on Feb. 5, 2014, in Manchester, Pennsylvania, according to the indictment.

If convicted, Kurnik faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $2 million fine.

OtterBox was founded in 1998 in Fort Collins, Colorado, according to information posted on its website. The company sells protective cases for cellphones, tablets and other handheld devices.

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