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Former Arnold shopkeeper sentenced for traffickingTell North Platte what you think

A Custer County woman who sold counterfeit purses and watches was fined $25,000 Monday and sentenced in federal court to five years of supervised probation.

Deborah Pittman, 58, of Broken Bow and Arnold, was convicted of trafficking in stolen goods from a store called Classic Coyote, a federal offense.

She will also perform 100 hours of community service, U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg said.

Pittman operated the store from 2007-11 in Arnold, Gilg said.

Pittman was caught in 2010. In February that year, Homeland Security Investigators bought two items from Classic Coyote that were determined to be a counterfeit Kate Spade purse and a counterfeit Coach watch, Gilg said.

The following April, agents conducted a search and seized more than 1,000 counterfeit contraband items and 600 counterfeit labels. The items included purses, watches, wallets, belts, hats, scarves and sunglasses, all of which Pittman forfeited to the United States as a result of the conviction, Gilg said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/14/2012
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