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San Joaquin County Man Charged with Trafficking in Counterfeit Sports Apparel and Other Counterfeit Goods

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Seyyed Ali Noori, 48, of Mountain House, charging him with trafficking and attempted trafficking in counterfeit goods, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Noori owned and operated Goldstar Wholesale LLC, a wholesale and retail business selling apparel, accessories and other goods. Noori he stored Goldstar’s inventory in a warehouse in Tracy and sold Goldstar’s goods from the warehouse and also from a reserved space at the Galt Flea Market. Court documents allege that in December 2013, Noori intentionally trafficked and attempted to traffic in goods that had counterfeit trademarks belonging to the Oakland Raiders, the San Francisco 49ers, the San Francisco Giants, and Monster Energy.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Intellectual Property Rights Task Force. Department of Justice Trial Attorneys Aaron Cooper and Timothy Flowers are prosecuting the case, with assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorney Shelley D. Weger.

If convicted, Noori faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $4 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated January 14, 2016

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