Cougar gear counterfeiter pleads guilty to misdemeanor

From staff reports

The man who sold counterfeit WSU and Seahawks gear pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counterfeiting and was fined $1,000 in Whitman County Superior Court on Friday.

Jeffrey Wigen, 35, had faced a class C felony charge for counterfeiting. He previously pleaded not guilty on Feb. 24 and was released by a commissioner, without bail, to await trial.

Wigen was arrested in an RV lot outside Martin Stadium during the home game against UCLA last fall, after Alyce Anderson, program administrative manager of WSU Trademark Licensing, reported his activity. The reprimanded gear had an overall value of more than $15,000.

Reporting by Rosemarie Blume