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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - Man Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment, to be Followed by Three Years of Supervised Release. He was Ordered to Pay a Fine of $250,000 and Restitution of $8,204,328.49

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced today the sentencing of Walid Osmond Turk.

Turk, 41, formerly of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, had pled guilty on April 30, 2014 to Conspiracy to Traffic in Counterfeit Goods. From 2003 through 2008, Turk imported millions of dollars worth of counterfeit exercise equipment from China which he sold on the internet representing it as genuine from such manufacturers as Nautilis, BowFlex and Fitness Quest. He had been an international fugitive since his indictment in May 2009. He surrendered to United States authorities in April 2014.

On November 5, 2014, Turk was sentenced to five years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a fine of $250,000 and restitution of $8,204,328.49.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward R. Broton

Updated February 10, 2015