Columbia City man sold counterfeit goods online, prosecutors say
A Columbia City man is accused of importing and selling counterfeit Leupold rifle scopes online.
An indictment filed in U.S. District Court alleges Mark A. Culp, 56, trafficked in Leupold-branded rifle scopes from China, then sold them online through his company, Culmar Outdoors.
Culmar Outdoors offers outdoor gear and rifle accessories for hunting, fishing and shooting. According to federal prosecutors, Culmar Outdoors sold at least 13 different counterfeit rifle scopes in 2015 to buyers in California, Texas, Connecticut, New York, Florida, Indiana and Oregon, using online sites like eBay and Gunbroker.com. He made roughly $3,700 from the online sales.
Leupold & Stevens is an Oregon-based product manufacturer specializing in high quality optical accessories for outdoor sporting. Its headquarters are in Beaverton, where most of the company's nearly 650 employees work, according to the indictment. Leupold has its company branding trademarked through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
"The defendant, Mark Aaron Culp, did intentionally traffic in goods, specifically Leupold-branded rifle scopes and packaging materials, knowingly using counterfeit marks, specifically the brand name, 'Leupold,' the 'VX' model designation, Leupold's 'Compass Point Circle-L' logo, and the company's distinctive Gold Ring design," a grand jury indictment states.
Culp is charged with one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods.
A motion filed by Culp's attorney indicates prosecutors had been in contact with Culp's attorney since 2016 in an attempt to address the allegations through a plea deal and avoid issuing an arrest warrant. That never happened, and instead of Culp appearing on a court summons, he was arrested by Columbia City Police on a warrant and given conditional release on Jan. 29.
As of Thursday morning, Culmar Outdoors didn't show any rifle scopes for sale directly through the company's website.
This story has been updated to reflect the correct arresting agency.