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New Orleans Man Charged with Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods

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

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MAHIR SALIM (a/k/a MAHER SALEM, MIKE SALEM), age 40, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged today by a federal grand jury in a one-count Indictment with trafficking in counterfeit goods.

According to the Indictment, beginning at a time unknown and continuing until about January 19, 2017, SALIM trafficked and attempted to traffic in approximately 111 pair of “True Religion” blue jeans, 50 pair of “Rock Revival” jeans, 8 “Michael Kors” purses, 19 “Coach” wallets, 2 “Michael Kors” wallets, 8 “Louis Vutton” purses, 6 “Gucci” purses, 177 “Polo” sweatshirts, 41 pair of “Polo” sweatpants, 24 “Polo” jogging suits, 44 pair of “Timberland” boots, 336 “New Era” hats, 473 pair of “Nike” shoes, 21 “Adidas” jogging suits, 114 pair of “Adidas” shoes, 6 bottles “Dolce & Gabbana” perfume, 110 “Mitchell & Ness” hats, 24 “North Face” vests, and 43 “Nike” hats.

If convicted, SALIM faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, three years supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment. 

U. S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U. S. Attorney Evans praised the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated September 7, 2018

Indictment [PDF, ]