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Indictment: Store Sold Counterfeit Goods
By Ralph Lauren, Nike in Kansas City, Kan.

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Feb. 15, 2013

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – 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 Avenue 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.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Daniel Lee Wadell, 28, and Stephan Michael Hudson, 32, are charged with attempted bank robbery. The indictment alleges that on March 6, 2013, they attempted to rob the Citizens State Bank at 102 North Commercial Street in Kincaid, Kan.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble is prosecuting.

Ryan Ridens, 46, Linwood, Kan., is charged with one count of possessing two pistols and ammunition after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 4, 2013, in Kansas City, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask is prosecuting.

Cecelia Maria Aispuro, 26, Victorville, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 6, 2013, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, she faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst is prosecuting.

Jesus Clemente, 40, a citizen of Mexico who has been living in Wichita, Kan.; Filberto Rodela-Gomez, 37, a citizen of Mexico who has been living in Wichita, Kan.; and Braulio Rodolfo Arena-Pinzon, 25, a citizen of Mexico who has been living in Wichita, are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in February and March 2013 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $10 million on each count. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.

Perfecto Morales-Santiago, 35, who is not a citizen of the United States, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Feb. 2, 2013, in Johnson County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

 

 

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