Phoenix firefighter accused of selling fake NFL jerseys

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix firefighter is on leave following his arrest for allegedly selling counterfeit NFL jerseys.

Phoenix Fire Department officials said Thursday that 30-year-old Justin Negrete, who faces a felony charge of counterfeit mark violation, is on administrative leave.

Police say Negrete was arrested Wednesday in Peoria and jerseys with counterfeit markings were found in his car.

According to court documents, police saw a Craigslist ad offering NFL jerseys at $50 each posted by Negrete in November. Undercover detectives reportedly purchased jerseys from Negrete and had them inspected by an industry expert.

According to court documents, Negrete admitted the jerseys are not authentic and said he sells them to his coworkers.

It was not known Thursday whether Negrete, an eight-year veteran of the department, had an attorney.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 27.

Sgt. Trent Crump says police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are jointly working to prevent fraudulent activities tied to the Super Bowl's arrival.

The Super Bowl is scheduled to be played Feb. 1 in Glendale.