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North Dakota man gets 2 years in prison in federal fraud case

Terry Roe, who worked as operations manager at Dakota Outerwear Co. in Minot, was accused in a federal indictment in 2020 of selling counterfeit clothing and other goods to military and government purchasers.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Burlington, North Dakota, man who pleaded guilty in February to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island on Thursday, Oct. 20, to two years in prison.

Terry Roe, who worked as operations manager at Dakota Outerwear Co. in Minot, was accused in a federal indictment in 2020 of selling counterfeit clothing and other goods to military and government purchasers.

According to the indictment, Roe, with help from others, obtained clothing, apparel and gear manufactured in China and Pakistan and imported it to the U.S., thereby avoiding a federal requirement that uniforms and related gear sold to the United States Department of Defense must be produced in the U.S.

Roe and others working at his direction falsely represented that the counterfeit goods were manufactured in the U.S., according to the indictment.

According to the indictment, the counterfeit items, such as parkas, hoods and shirts, lacked required safety measures.

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As part of a plea agreement, Roe was sentenced on Thursday by Judge William Smith to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release with special conditions.

Restitution was deferred for 90 days, and no fines were imposed.

Roe, who appeared at the hearing via Zoom, was ordered to surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service by Nov. 14 to begin serving his sentence.

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