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Man admits sale of counterfeit Garmin products

A 26-year-old Arkansas man pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling counterfeit Garmin map cards online in federal court in Kansas City, Kan.
A 26-year-old Arkansas man pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling counterfeit Garmin map cards online in federal court in Kansas City, Kan. Bloomberg News

An Arkansas man pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling hundreds of counterfeit Garmin map cards online.

William Yates, 26, of Fort Smith, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to a charge of copyright infringement.

According to federal prosecutors, Yates sold more than 870 counterfeit map products for more than $23,000. He sold the items on sites such as eBay, Amazon and Craigslist.

The sales took place between June 2012 and last August, according to federal court documents.

The map products he sold were copyrighted by Olathe-based Garmin International, and according to court documents, Yates used apparent Garmin artwork and trademarks to make the products he was selling appear to be authentic.

A sentencing date has not been set. The crime carries a potential sentence of up to five years in prison.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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