BOSTON - An Andover man was charged today in federal court with selling thousands of counterfeit electronics out of his home using eBay and his own website.
Ahmad Raad, 55, was charged in an Information with trafficking in counterfeit goods and mail fraud.
The Information alleges that between 2007 and 2011 Raad sold a variety of electronic merchandise including batteries, chargers and memory sticks, under the name “eMartCentral” using eBay or the website “www.emartcentral.com.” Raad allegedly purchased the merchandise that he sold directly from China. The merchandise bore a variety of brand names and trademarks, including those of Sony, SanDisk, Olympus, and Kingston, however much of this merchandise was not made by these companies or by companies authorized to use their names or marks. It is alleged that in some instances, Raad received merchandise from China that did not bear any product labels, and separately received sheets of Sony and SanDisk labels that bore a trademarked brand label. Raad allegedly affixed these labels to the merchandise and sold it. Raad sold thousands of pieces of counterfeit merchandise in this manner between 2007 and 2011.
If convicted, Raad faces up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Robert Bethel, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amy Harman Burkart and Scott L. Garland of Ortiz’s Cybercrime Unit.
The details contained in the Information are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.