United States Attorney's Office
January 18, 2002
United States Attorney Mike Heavican and U. S. Customs announce the followinginformation for the attention of the media:
Event Triggering this Release: Robert Garza was sentenced in the United States District Courtby the Honorable Judge Joseph F. Bataillon for trafficking in counterfeit Rolex watches over theInternet. Mr. Garza was sentenced to five years probation, 150 hours of community service,ordered to pay restitution to Rolex in the amount of $ 35,000.00 and ordered to pay a specialassessment of $100.
Three other defendants in this case have also entered pleas of guilty to this conspiracy.
Rufus Todd Jones, age 33, of Omaha was sentenced on January 11, 2002. He received asentence of three years in prison and was ordered to pay restitution to Rolex in the amount of$116,779.50. This is the amount Rolex spent in civil legal fees in its attempt to stop Jones fromselling watches that infringed upon its trademark.
Dawn Jones, the wife of Rufus Jones, was sentenced on November 15, 2001 for herinvolvement in the conspiracy. She received a sentence of 5 years probation and was alsoordered to pay restitution in the amount of $116,779.50.
John Gerard Ryan, age 45, of Littleton, Colorado, will be sentenced on February 15,2001.
Rufus Jones and the others operated Internet based businesses from the Omaha,Nebraska, area and elsewhere. The court found that while using web-sites namedfakewatch.com and dealsbytodd.com, Jones and the others collected about $700,000 from thesale of counterfeit watches nationwide.
Name of Defendant: Robert Garza
Last Known Non-Custodial Address of Defendant: 6203 Duck Creek Dr., Apt. 1201, Garland,Texas 75043
Crime(s) Charged and Potential Penalty (A CHARGE is merely an accusation and everydefendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty):
Conspiracy to violate Title 18, United States Code, Section 2320(a) & 2, trafficking incounterfeit goods or services. Potential Penalty: 5 years imprisonment; $250,000 fine; 3 yearterm of Supervised Release; $100 Special Assessment
Specific Location of Alleged Crime:
Location of Arrest: N/A, appeared on Summons
Alleged Dollar Loss/Type and Quantity of Drug:
Others Charged in Same Scheme:
Date(s) of Alleged Crime: December 1999
Federal Arrest Date: N/A, appeared on Summons
Date Complaint Issued:
Indictment Returned Date: June 20, 2001
Initial Appearance Date: July 20, 2001
Plea or Trial and Date(s): Pled guilty, October 26, 2001
Sentencing Date: January 18, 2002
Next Court Hearing Type and Date: none
Assigned Magistrate Judge: Honorable Thomas D. Thalken
Held without Bond, or Released from Custody: Released from custody
In Continuous Custody Since:
Assigned District Court Judge: Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon
Initials of Assigned AUSA/Preparer of THIS Release: DAM/LW