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Local vendor sentenced for selling counterfeit goods

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2012

St. Louis, MO - Same Ndiaye was sentenced to 25 months in prison for selling counterfeit goods from Sasooum Sport Fashions, which he owned and operated. Counterfeit items seized by law enforcement exceeded $900,000 in retail value had they been authentic. Being counterfeit, Ndiaye was able to offer his merchandise at a steep discount from the suggested retail price for authentic goods.

According to court documents, for several years leading up to February 15, 2012, Ndiaye had received numerous warnings and complaints from various designers that merchandise offered for sale in his store was counterfeit. On February 15, 2012, federal law enforcement officials executed a search warrant for counterfeit goods at the store, and found that virtually every one of the thousands of items for sale in the store were counterfeit. That same day, agents found another large quantity of counterfeit goods at his residence.

SAME NDIAYE, St. Louis County, pled guilty in June to one felony count of trafficking counterfeit goods and appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Henry E. Autrey.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Tom Albus handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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