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Chicopee man to plead guilty to selling counterfeit sporting apparel

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A Chicopee man in his 50s will plead guilty in federal court in Springfield to charges he sold counterfeit sports jerseys at his stores in Central and Western Massachusetts, records show. James M. Dent sold thousands of jerseys, including those of the major Boston sports franchises, that were not properly licensed and that he purchased from Chinese companies, according to court filings. He has agreed to plead guilty in May and faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the five charges, though prosecutors have agreed to recommend minimal time behind bars, along with fines and restitution totaling more than $230,000, records show.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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