Metairie Man Sentenced for Trafficking in Over $150,000 in Counterfeit Goods
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Politce announced that BOUBACAR DIALLO, age 36, of Metairie, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods.
U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk sentenced DIALLO to five years probation and to pay restitution as follows: $760.65 to Polo by Ralph Lauren; $980 to Louis Vuitton; $400 to Hermes; and $170 to Nike.
According to court documents, on March 12, 2015, investigators with the Office of the Attorney General Investigation Division and agents with the United States Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, acting on information that DIALLO was involved in the purchase and subsequent sale of large quantities of counterfeit merchandise, met DIALLO at his residence in Metairie. Law enforcement officials observed numerous cardboard boxes full of counterfeit merchandise. They subsequently verified as counterfeit 111 pairs of “True Religion” blue jeans; 166 “Michael Kors” purses; 67 “Michael Kors” pocketbooks; 87 “Michael Kors” watches; 6 pair of “Nike” tennis shoes; 9 pair of “Polo” pants; 8 pair of “Polo” shirts; and 693 counterfeit Michael Kors labels. The collective fair market value of all the counterfeit items and was approximately $158,049. DIALLO admitted that he knew the items he was selling were counterfeit and that he had purchased them from individuals in Atlanta and New York City. DIALLO also admitted to renting storage units to hide and store the counterfeit merchandise.
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Louisiana Department of Justice / Office of the Attorney General Investigation Division and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg was in charge of the prosecution.