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1 Arrested, Another Sought in Goldsboro Counterfeit Sting

Posted April 1, 2008 2:06 p.m. EDT
Updated April 1, 2008 9:49 p.m. EDT

— Wayne County authorities have arrested a man wanted in connection with an alleged counterfeit-goods operation at his Goldsboro business.

Corey Feliciane Lewis was arrested Tuesday on one felony count each of possessing counterfeit video/DVD and illegal recording and distribution of recorded sounds.

Last week, investigators seized $80,000 in counterfeit clothes, DVDs and software from Hip Hop Spot at 906-A N. Spence Ave., and Urban Collection, 906 E. Elm St.

An arrest warrant is still out for another man, Ziad Assed Ismail, who owns Hip Hop Spot. He is charged with one felony count of criminal use of counterfeit trademarks. Authorities said they expected him to surrender Wednesday.

Lewis owns Urban Collection, investigators said. If convicted, both men could lose their business licenses.

Wayne County authorities say counterfeiting is a growing trend that they are aggressively pursuing.

"They shouldn't be selling any counterfeit merchandise at this point," Wayne County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Lancaster said. "Everything should be legitimate, if they are selling."