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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Gambian National Pleads Guilty To Trafficking In Counterfeit Merchandise

Gulfport, Miss. – Ousainou Mahanera, 33, a citizen of Gambia who resides in New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty to trafficking in counterfeit merchandise, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) in New Orleans.


Mahanera admitted that on March 8, 2013, he trafficked in counterfeit merchandise bearing counterfeit marks from the companies of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Burberry and Fendi. Mahanera sold the counterfeit handbags, shoes, scarves and other items at a flea market in Algiers, Louisiana.


Mahanera will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on January 27, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine.


This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Morgan..

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