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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Three-year sentence in counterfeit handbag case

FRAMINGHAM

A Framingham man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston to three years on probation for trafficking in counterfeit luxury handbags and wallets.

Jack Hoffman, 66, was ordered to spend the first five months of the probation under home detention with electronic monitoring, US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan's office said.

Hoffman pleaded guilty in May. A statement from Sullivan's office said that prosecutors would have proven that during 2001 and 2002, Hoffman sold counterfeit items at flea markets, including fake Burberry, Gucci, Hermes, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, and Prada goods.

Hoffman had 200 items for sale in August 2001 at a flea market in Mashpee and had 750 items at his home in July 2002. The items were worth about $38,000 at average counterfeit prices, Sullivan's office said.

-- Globe City & Region staff

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