Kerry Haggard of Commerce was sentenced in U.S. District Court in New York Monday to more than six months in federal prison for the sale of counterfeit horror movie posters and lobby cards.
Haggard, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in October. Officials say Haggard sold posters and lobby cards he created or altered and passed them off via the Internet as originals.
U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon sentenced Haggard to 78 months in jail, three years of supervised release, ordered $1.38 million in restitution and issued a $1.38 million forfeiture judgment.
Haggard printed high-quality copies of the posters and lobby cards and hired a company to attach the fabrications to lobby card stock and to make the copies appear authentic. He then sold the fakes or traded them for legitimate lobby cards or posters, making $1.3 million in the process. The fraud came to light as victims attempted to re-sell the pieces or get them restored by experts.
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