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Fairfax Man Pleads Guilty to Producing $76,000 in Counterfeit Postage Stamps

He produced counterfeit stamps between January and October 2013

A Fairfax man pleaded guilty Tuesday to producing and selling $76,000 of counterfeit postage stamps.

Brian Kim, 38, of Fairfax, was accused of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service by producing the stamps between January and October 2013.

Kim owned and operated two packaging centers in Northern Virginia, one in Fairfax and the other in Arlington. Prosecutors say he has admitted to duplicating stamps that had been originally produced on a USPS-authorized postage meter, and adhering the bogus stamps to packages that customers brought in.

Prosecutors said on an average day, Kim mailed enough packages to total about $400 in counterfeit stamps.

In October 2013, postal inspectors with search warrants searched his properties and seized almost $24,000 of counterfeited stamps.

Kim has agreed to pay $76,000 in restitution. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 7.

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