NEW ORLEANS WOMAN SENTENCED FOR SELLING OVER $50,000 OF COUNTERFEIT GOODS AT LOCAL FLEA MARKET
TAMIKA WILSON, age 34, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today to three (3) years probation, the first six (6) months to be served on home confinement, by United States District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier after previously pleading guilty 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 counterfeit shoes under the name brands “Nike”, “Timberland” and “Gucci”,as well as counterfeit clothing under the name brands of “Polo”, “True Religion” and “MEK”. WILSON admitted to the agents that she knew 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.
The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.
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