Friday, March 15, 2013

KCK store owner charged with selling counterfeit Nike, Ralph Lauren clothing

U.S. Department of Justice

A man has been charged with selling goods with counterfeit trademarks from Ralph Lauren, Nike and other well known names at his store in Kansas City, Kan., U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Jehad Shalabi, 44, is charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit trademark goods. The indictment alleges that Shalabi sold counterfeit goods at the Joe Black clothing store at 3201 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kan. 

In 2009 Shalabi was identified as the manager of the store. Subsequently, he listed the owner and manager of the store for occupational tax purposes in the names of his accountant or relatives.

The indictment alleges Shalabi offered for sale at Joe Black hundreds of counterfeit trademark items including Polo Ralph Lauren shirts, hoodies and T-shirts; Nike Air Force, Jordan Airmax and Goadomes shoes; Major League Baseball hats; T-shirts, tank tops, jeans, sweatshirts, hoodies and shorts with tattoo designs by Ed Hardy; Luxirie jeans; Rocawear T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts and body suits; and Coogi shirts, dresses, T-shirts, shorts, jeans and jackets.

The government is seeking a money judgment of $89,000, representing the proceeds of the crime.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million. The FBI and ICE-HSI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask is prosecuting.