Store owners plead guilty to selling counterfeit merchandise

Store owners plead guilty to selling counterfeit merchandise

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Two Lake Charles retail store owners pleaded guilty Thursday to selling more than 800 counterfeit items.

Kayed Masoud, 31, and Ahmad Alnaasan, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of trademark infringement before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay. The pleas will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi.

According to evidence presented, Sulphur Police Department went to K&A Golden Fashions to recover some stolen property when they noticed a "large number of counterfeit items such as brand name purses and shoes," Stephanie A. Finley, U.S. attorney said in a news release.

After an investigation, Homeland Security Investigation agents found 866 counterfeit items with such brand names as Nike, Coach and Polo -- with an estimated value of $30,000-$60,000.

Masoud and Alnaasan face up to 10 years in prison, a $2 million fine and two-to-three years of supervised release. Sentencing wull be Aug. 27.

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