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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Niagara Falls Man Sentenced For Selling Counterfeit Goods

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX #:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Mohsen Kassem Abdulrab, 58, of Niagara Falls, NY, who was convicted of trafficking in counterfeit goods, was sentenced to two years supervised release and fined $2,000 by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Cantil, who handled the case, stated that between January 6, 2014, and February 13, 2014, the defendant sold or attempted to sell unauthorized copies of trademarked works at his store, the Hip Hop Center, located at 2417 Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls. The counterfeit merchandise included UGG, Michael Kors, The North Face, National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Baseball, Polo Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Timberland, and others. The value of the counterfeit merchandise, if genuine, was more than $40,000.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

Updated February 12, 2018