Mo. Company Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri company has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to importing thousands of lamps with counterfeit safety certification labels.
The U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of Missouri said in a release Monday that Springfield-based GuildMaster, Inc., was represented in court by company president Stephen Crowder, and pleaded guilty to trafficking in goods with counterfeit marks. GuildMaster makes and imports furniture, lighting, accessories and wall art.
Under the terms of a plea agreement, GuildMaster has to forfeit more than 5,500 lamps seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and valued at more than $1.8 million.
The prosecutor's office says U.S. Customs agents discovered the lamps imported from China bore counterfeit labels attesting to the products' safety.
GuildMaster will also be placed on a five-year term of probation.