STATEN ISLAND, NY – Police officers found clothes and accessories with fake designer labels in a raid on a house in Mariners Harbor, authorities said.
Agents armed with a search warrant stormed the Simonson Avenue home of Mohamed Elazzi, 56, on July 7 at around 7 a.m., according to the criminal complaint.
Police recovered more than $ 1,000 of items bearing counterfeit markings, including Nike suits, Gucci belts, wallets and handbags, as well as Louis Vuitton wallets and handbag, according to the complaint. .
In a series of deals with undercover agents in May and June at Mariners Harbor, Elazzi reportedly sold a wide variety of fake designer items hidden in large black plastic bags. Authorities allege four fake Nike Tech suits were traded for $ 140 in cash at a sale.
Elazzi was awarded $ 300 in cash for providing Nike shirts, shorts and hats, Gucci t-shirts and belts and Luis Vuitton wallets with fake markings on a second occasion, according to the complaint.
And for $ 230, the suspect allegedly provided Ralph Lauren shorts and Nike shirts, shorts and hats in a third encounter.
All items were inspected by a licensed private investigator trained by the manufacturers to identify counterfeit goods, the complaint says.
Elazzi, who has been charged with trademark infringement, has been released on bail and is due to return to criminal court on August 13.
Lawyer Peter Verby, who represents Elazzi, declined to comment at this time.
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