NEW ORLEANS WOMAN ADMITS TO TRAFFICKING AND SELLING OVER $50,000 OF COUNTERFEIT GOODS
TAMIKA WILSON, age 34, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pleaded guilty as charged today in front of U. S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to trafficking in counterfeit goods, announced United States Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, after an extensive investigation, on December 10, 2010, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations saw WILSON selling hundreds of counterfeit items at a flea market in Algiers. In particular, agents caught WILSON selling approximately 312 pairs of counterfeit “Nike” shoes; 44 pairs of counterfeit “Timberland” shoes; 14 pairs of counterfeit “Gucci” shoes; 28 sets of counterfeit “Polo” sweatsuits; 43 pairs of counterfeit “True Religion” blue jeans; and 58 pairs of counterfeit “MEK” blue jeans. WILSON admitted to the agents that the goods were counterfeit. Later that same day, agents executed a search warrant on a storage unit rented by WILSON in Jefferson, Louisiana, where they found even more counterfeit shoes. The fair market value of the items agents seized from WILSON totaled approximately $57,730.
WILSON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than ten (10) years, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, and a $2,000,000 fine. Sentencing has been scheduled for October 20, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.
The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.
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