Pennsylvania man gets probation for selling counterfeit cellphone cases in Maine

A Pennsylvania man who sent a shipment of fake OtterBox cellphone cases to a reseller in Maine has been sentenced to five years of probation.

Michael Kurnik, of York, Pennsylvania, was also ordered Tuesday in federal court in Portland to pay $25,000 in restitution.

He faced up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in October to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods.

The 26-year-old Kurnik purchased fake cases from China and resold them in the United States to dealers like the one in Maine, knowing they were counterfeit and being distributed in violation of federal patent and trademark laws.

Kurnik continued to distribute the fakes even after OtterBox told the Maine reseller that it planned to sue.

Authorities seized about 6,700 counterfeit cases from a Pennsylvania warehouse.