Three Individuals Charged With Trafficking In Counterfeit Goods
Orlando, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the return of three separate indictments charging three Florida men with trafficking in counterfeit goods. If convicted, Gary T. Mannix (59, Daytona Beach), Mohamed El Said Mohamed (37, Ormond Beach), and Dale Borders (38, Orlando) each face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison, and a fine of up to $2 million. The indictment also notifies each individual that the United States intends to forfeit items which are alleged to be traceable to proceeds of the offense.
Mannix is charged with of trafficking in counterfeit sports merchandise and jerseys of the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), and Major League Baseball (MLB). He was indicted on August 15, 2012.
Mohamed was indicted on August 23, 2012. He pleaded guilty on September 28, 2012. According to court documents, he admitted to trafficking in over 1,000 counterfeit handbags, jewelry, watches, and wallets bearing counterfeit marks of Coach, Fendi, Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 19, 2012. Borders is charged with trafficking in counterfeit DVDs bearing the trademarks of Beachbody, LLC, Disney Enterprises, Inc., and Zumba Fitness, LLC. He was indicted on October 10, 2012.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
These cases were investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. They will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Haas.