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Counterfeit goods seized at liquidation sale

Posted January 11, 2010

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— Agents with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office and Durham County ABC Law Enforcement on Friday seized millions of dollars in counterfeit goods at a massive liquidation sale in Durham, officials said Monday.

Lewis Spector, 31, of Florida, Nabil Naji Ghazi, 27, of Michigan, and Jalal H. Najar, 38, of California, were charged with felony counts of criminal use of a counterfeit trademark and conspiracy to possess and sell counterfeit goods. The event manager of the liquidation sale, Viet Duc Pham, 28, of Pennsylvania, was also charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver counterfeit goods.

The goods, which included fake Nintendo video games, DVDs and designer colognes and perfumes, had an estimated retail and lost tax value of $3.4 million, officials said.

“This was a particularly blatant case of vendors coming in and selling counterfeit wares at a highly publicized liquidation sale. We have to send a clear message that this is illegal activity, and it will not be tolerated in North Carolina,” Secretary of State Elaine Marshall said in a statement.

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  • nosuchmiracles Jan 12, 2010

    if you go to these events expecting legitimate items, you deserve to be duped. its a no brainer its fake stuff. just like the flea market.

  • pwilliamson53 Jan 11, 2010

    Goes to show cheap isn't always the best policy. You get what you pay for or in this case," Maybe not!" Glad they busted this group cause I'm sure they go all over the country cheating and deceiving people.

  • time4real Jan 11, 2010

    do they have any bootleg Confederate Railroad CD's?

  • stopthehaters Jan 11, 2010

    are you crazy? who in the comunity would walk away to 10$ video game..ninetendu want 50$..but this good in away keep the barbershops away from competition

  • TeresaBee Jan 11, 2010

    How brazen. If they thought that they could get away with this crime here, I bet they got away with this somewhere else already. Glad I was not there to get duped.