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Norristown Man Indicted On Charges Of Trafficking In Counterfeit Merchandise

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on October 19, 2021, Alpha Jalloh, age 48, of Norristown, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of trafficking in counterfeit merchandise. The indictment was unsealed following Jalloh’s arrest.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the indictment alleges that on December 9, 2020 and February 26, 2021, Jalloh possessed and sold counterfeit designer merchandise, including Gucci, Nike/Air Jordan and Michael Kors items in Luzerne County. 

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts is prosecuting the case.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 10 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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Updated December 9, 2021