A Bolingbrook man earning about $200,000 a year as a software engineer admitted that he knew it was wrong to sell fake items online and said he used the identities of family members to elude U.S. Customs and Border Protection, court records show.
Robin G. Huberty, 62, of the 100 block of Rhine Avenue, was arrested Sept. 11 on charges alleging he sold fake sports jerseys, Lego toys and shoes. His arrest was the result of the “Operation Jersey Boy” investigation conducted by the Will County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a forfeiture complaint Monday to seize Huberty’s vehicle and funds he allegedly used in his scheme.
Huberty allegedly sat down with investigators, including a detective with the sheriff’s office, and admitted he would spend $20 to $25 on fake sports jerseys from China but sell them for $40 or more, according to the complaint.
Huberty said he also would spend $1 to $4 on fake Lego toys from China and then sell them for $12 each to his customers, according to the complaint.
Huberty said he sold merchandise from either eBay or Poshmark, a website where people buy and sell clothes, according to the complaint.
He allegedly used the names and shipping addresses of his family members – such as his ex-wife, his son and stepsons – in “an attempt to circumvent” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to the complaint.
“Huberty stated that he knew what he was doing was wrong,” according to the complaint.
Huberty told investigators he works as a software engineer for Lincolnshire-based CDW Corp. and made about $200,000 a year, according to the complaint.