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Color Contact Lens Shipper Pleads Guilty to Counterfeiting

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man whose company, Candy Color Lenses, filled internet orders across the U.S. has admitted he illegally imported counterfeit contact lenses from Asia and sold them without a prescription.

Federal prosecutors said Friday that Dmitriy Melnik pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods that could get him up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

A plea agreement filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas says Melnik’s prison sentence is expected to be between 46 and 57 months, depending on any other criminal history.

He’s also agreeing to forfeit thousands of boxes of contact lenses with labels such as Ciba Vision FreshLook COLORBLENDS, Cool Cosmetic Tornado B, and Innova Vision ColorMaker, ColorNova, Magic, Dragon Gold and Picasso.

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