Nike and the FEDS Shut Down Supplied PDX
After years of dishonesty, Supplied PDX got seized and shut down by both the FEDS and Nike for selling $3 Million worth of fake sneakers.
If you’ve been paying attention to the sneaker culture on social media for some time, the name Supplied PDX rings a bell. Seasoned sneakerheads have known this brand to sell high quality fake sneakers. New sneakerheads might have been duped into buying fakes because the Portland based reseller amassed over a million followers on Instagram.
The details behind the seizure of this shady business are incredible.
KOIN6 has the full report:
The investigation started March 5 when Nike revealed its private team of specialized investigators conducted a “discreet” probe into the online retailer Get-Supplied.com, a website owned by James Pepion, according to the federal search warrant. Get-Supplied also goes by the names “SuppliedPDX,” “Supplied Inc.,” and “Supplied”.
Nike determined Pepion operated his company, Get-Supplied.com, out of his Happy Valley residence, records show. He marketed and made announcements about which sneakers he was selling through his “SuppliedPDX” Instagram account and was reportedly using the email “firstname.lastname@example.org” on eBay and PayPal.
Investigators determined Pepion received a total of $2,615,988 into his PayPal account that was opened on January 16, 2012. PayPal included comments that Pepion received regarding the authenticity of the items being sold. They included phrases like: “fake”: “The shoes are fake so I am asking for a refund.” “My friend compared the shoes to a pair of Jordans (sic) that he has and it’s clearly a fake.”
Between March 20, 2015 and November 2, 2015, agents in Portland stopped several packages as they were headed to Pepion in Happy Valley. Of the 17 searches, “all of the shipments were counterfeit except one,” according to the search warrant.
Agents seized trash from Pepion’s residence on the 15000 block of SE Aspen Way and collected his financial records on August 27, 2015.
Pepion could be charged with wire fraud, trafficking in counterfeit goods and money laundering. As of Monday, no criminal charges have been filed in U.S. District Court.
Raking in nearly $3 Million for selling fake sneakers is absolutely disgusting. Nike doesn’t take these cases lightly, so expect an update on what charges Supplied PDX will be facing soon.
Always be weary of unauthorized businesses selling sneakers early or in mass quantities. And never forget to SAY NO TO FAKE SNEAKERS.