Supplied PDX made millions of dollars for years by selling counterfeit Air Jordans and now its owner, James Pepion, has been sentenced to four months in prison followed by three months of supervised release; he had plead guilty to the charges last year.
In 2015 Nike was working closely with the Feds to bring him down by intercepting packages from China to Pepion, all of which contained fake Jordans.
According to Pepion he began collecting Nike sneakers while in school and selling them as a hobby. Not long after, he started his own online retail business called “Supplied Inc.” but couldn’t keep up with demand.
“As the company grew, I got greedy,” Pepion said in court.
At first, he purchased limited-edition Nike Air Jordan sneakers and sold them at a premium. Unable to keep up his supply, he turned to sellers in Hong Kong and China and began selling hundreds of the imported counterfeit Nikes. It is estimated that he received $2.6 million for the shoes in roughly three years from January 2012 through March 2015.
In addition to his sentence, Pepion was ordered to repay Nike $100,000 and and additional $50,000 for the brand’s legal costs.