An out-of-state man who sold several counterfeit products at many county fairs in the area in August of 2019 has been sentenced in Will County.
Robin Dana Perry, 73, of Florida pleaded guilty to selling between 500 and 2,000 counterfeit items while making between $10,000 and $100,000, a class two felony.
He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, eight days in the Will County Jail and must pay more than $10,000 in restitution. As part of the plea deal, a class one felony and misdemeanor charge were dropped.
The Will County Sheriff's Office said Perry sold "Yeti" products that were not authentic. Will County Deputies were working at the Will County fair near Peotone, Illinois on August 22nd when they were approached by multiple citizens who raised concerns over authenticity of a tumbler product being sold at a booth.
Deputies then contacted a representative from the “Yeti” company who advised that they would send a trained investigator to the fair the following day in order to authenticate the merchandise being sold. Deputies were advised that Yeti only allows their products to be sold by approved retailers in brick and mortar locations and not fairs and festivals.
The Sheriff’s Office said Perry showed an agent a fraudulent sign and certificate of authenticity claiming to be an authorized dealer.
Perry also told police officials he operated 10 different booths and purchased a large volume directly from China to offer products at a lower price.
Perry advised that he made $12,000 at the Boone County Fair and had sold the product at fairs in Kendall, DeKalb and DuPage Counties.
Perry also told authorities it would be reasonable to assume that his gross sales were close to $1 million between 2017 and 2019.
Authorities seized cashier checks, currency, a van, over 1,648 tumblers, boxes of miscellaneous accessories, and exhibition booth signage.