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January 31, 2007 - United States Attorney Patrick L. Meehan today announced that a two-count criminal information was filed against Mohammed Makada, charging him with trafficking in counterfeit goods and introducing misbranded items into interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2320, and Title 21, United States Code, Section 331(a), respectively. The charges arise from the defendant’s importation into the United States and sale of, counterfeit CHAPSTICK, the genuine product which is protected by a trademark owned and registered by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Makada is charged with importing and selling the counterfeit CHAPSTICK from in or around February 2002 through in or around September 2003.


DEFENDANT

ADDRESS


AGE [Date of Birth]
Mohammed Makada
Pennsylvania
61 years old

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 13 years imprisonment, a 3-year period of supervised release, a $2,250,000 fine, a $200 special assessment, and forfeiture of $92,900.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Criminal Investigations, and has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Mary E. Crawley.


UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
EASTERN DISTRICT, PENNSYLVANIA
Suite 1250, 615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Contact:
RICH MANIERI
Media Contact
215.861.8525

*An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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