By Bill Donahue (September 16, 2021, 4:28 PM EDT) -- A federal judge handed down a four-year prison sentence Wednesday to a man who defrauded thousands of trademark owners by mailing scam letters that demanded phony government fees.
Viktors Suhorukovs, 37, a citizen of Latvia, was also ordered to pay more than $4.5 million in restitution over the scheme, in which he mailed letters from a "Patent and Trademark Office" requesting payment for nonexistent services.
Federal prosecutors say more than 2,900 trademark owners fell victim to those letters, with many believing they were dealing with the actual U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
"Trademark filing scams are a growing international problem, with...
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