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Supplied PDX Accused of Selling Counterfeit Shoes by Federal Agencies, Nike

Portland based Supplied PDX is at the center of an investigation by federal authorities and Nike for buying, selling, and supplying counterfeit shoes.

Earlier this month, agents from the IRS and Homeland Security Investigations searched the home of James Pepion where more than 1500 pairs of potentially counterfeit Nike, Adidas, and ASICS were recovered along with several phones and laptops.

The investigation started last month on March 5th when Nike’s internal investigators conducted a probe into online retailer get-supplied.com, a website owned by James Pepion, according to a federal search warrant. The business is known to many on the web as Supplied PDX across social media.

James Pepion and Supplied PDX are accused of selling stolen, counterfeit, and “grey market” Nike and Jordan shoes from unauthorized pre-releases. According to investigators, the products are made from stolen components outside of authorized Nike factories in China.

According to investigators, Pepion received more than $ 2.6M in his PayPal account since it was opened in 2012.

Pepion is accused to have used various addresses to receive approximately 100 shipments between May 2009 and January of 2015 of shoes from Hong Kong and China, a federal search warrant showed.

Between March 20, 2015 and November 2, 2015, agents in Portland stopped several packages headed to Pepion and Supplied PDX. In total, 16 of the 17 searches yielded counterfeit shoes.

Agents seized trash from Pepion’s residence in Happy Valley on the 15000 block of SE Aspen Way and collected his financial records on August 27, 2015.

After agents served Google with a search warrant, they were able to track an email that belonged to a Chinese national who is suspected of thefts of samples and components from Nike manufacturing partner facilities in China, according to records. The man is also said to have organized the sale of stolen samples and counterfeit Nike and Air Jordan shoes.

“The email appears to show Pepion ordering bulk quantities of shoes [from the Chinese national] and having them delivered to other persons in the United States on his behalf,” according to the warrant.

James Pepion faces no criminal charges at this time

Money transfers that totaled $ 174,460 were sent from two American-based bank accounts to China between June 2013 and September 2015, according to court documents.

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.

Multiple attempts to reach Pepion for comment for this story were unsuccessful. Several of the phone numbers associated to him went directly to voicemail boxes that were full.

According to the “Supplied” description in the Apples iTunes store, “Supplied Has Become The #1 Selling Sneaker Destination Online.”

Many of Pepion’s and SuppliedPDX’s social media accounts have since been deleted. The “Get-Supplied.com” website that used the Shopify platform is currently undergoing “rebuilding.”

Nike issued a statement regarding the investigation to KOIN6 in Portland.

“Nike aggressively protects our brand, our retailers, and most importantly our consumers against counterfeiting.  We actively work with law enforcement and customs officials around the world to combat the production and sale of counterfeit product, and are supporting Homeland Security Investigations in this investigation.”

Supplied PDX has long been suspected by many within the sneaker community of selling counterfeit goods after many individuals purchased shoes from them that didn’t appear to be authentic.

We will keep you posted with developments from this story as they unfold.

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“I’ve bought a lot of pot in my life…and now I’m selling it back.”

“I’ve bought a lot of pot in my life…and now I’m selling it back.”

Willie Nelson

Read more about the country legend’s growing weed empire here. 


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Tyler The Creator Rages Against Will.I.Am And The Idea Of ‘Selling Out’

2013 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival ? Day 1

By Maurice Bobb

When it comes to the things he creates, Tyler, the Creator doesn’t believe in “selling out” just for money. The Odd Future frontman believes in his artistic integrity so much that he made a $ 1 million wager with Will.I.Am while backstage at Kanye West’s “Yeezus” tour stop in Los Angeles Monday (October 28) night that 10 years from now, he’d still be doing what he loves and not what he has to do.

The very idea of compromising himself made the Wolf MC so mad, though, that he aired out the Black Eyed Peas emcee on Twitter.

“I MADE A BET WITH WILL I AM FOR A MILLION BUCKS THAT I WILL BE MAKING MONEY 10 YEARS FROM NOW DOING WHAT I LOVE AND NOT WHAT MAKES THE MOST,” Tyler tweeted. “N—- SAID “THEN YOU MAKE A DECISION ON WHAT TO DO TO SURVIVE.”

“NO N—- THATS NOT HOW IT IS FOR EVERYONE. IM NOT GONNA MAKE MUSIC I HATE. IN 10 YEARS HE’LL BE 50 AND ILL BE 32 MAKING MOVIES ( not even in them) WATCH. WOLF HALEY DIRECTOR SECTION WILL BE POPPIN SUCK MY WHOLE SH–.”

Tyler’s epic rant went on for over 10 tweets.

There was the backhanded compliment: “HES SO TALENTED BUT HES MAKING BUTT SH– TO MAKE BREAD, USE THE CREATIVITY FOR SOMETHING TIGHT MAN.”

 Then there was the “I should have said this” moment: “I SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT UP THE FACT HE TRIED TO SUE PHARRELL ON SOME F— ASS Sh— BUT I WAS SO MAD HE INDIRECTLY SAID I WAS GONNA ‘SELL OUT’.”The insult tweet: “I CANT BELIEVE THIS N—- WAS PLOTTING ON MY F—ING DOWNFALL CAUSE HE MAKES SH– HE HATES AND DOESNT LIKE HIMSELF. WILL I AM IS A MARK.”

Then, of course, there was the “don’t believe me just watch” jab: “THIS N—- REALLY WALKED UP TO ME TELLING ME ABOUT MYSELF 10 YEARS FROM NOW N— F—- YOU NOW IMA GO OUT OF MY WAY TO PROVE YOU WRONG. IMA STAY POSITIVE AND FOCUSED LIKE I HAVE BEEN SO I CAN CONTINUE TO HAVE A TENNIS COURT IN MY BACKYARD EAT A D—.”

Wagers are usually made between friends, but judging by his venom for Will.I.Am and his “unvitation,” there’s no love lost between these two emcees.

In keeping with the usual dichotomy of his moods, Tyler interspersed his incendiary comments for Will.I.Am with kidlike excitement about meeting and taking selfies backstage with comedian Dave Chappelle.

“IN OTHER NEWS I MET DAVE LAST NIGHT AND I ALMOST STARTED TO CRY BUT I HAD NO OXYGEN FLOWING THREW MY BODY,” he tweeted. “DAVE AND I TAKING SELFIES DUDE I COULDNT F—ING BREATH HE WAS THE ONLY PERSON THAT I WANTED TO MEET OMG.”

Tags Tyler The Creator, will.i.am.

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