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THOUSANDS OF ITEMS SEIZED DURING COUNTERFEIT APPAREL RAID

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Saturday, April 16, 2011—Police arrested nine men who were operating a counterfeit apparel sales ring out of stores in Chicago and suburban areas, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Saturday.

Two of the men were charged with felonies and appeared in bond court at 26th & California on Thursday.  Seven others were charged with misdemeanors.  The following is a list of those arrested and charged:

Ali Shaheen Said Aljuba Samer Assad Hazem Nasir Iman Shahin Muhamad Nakhlek Amer Alomari Jalal Zayed Mohammed Zaben

 

The Cook County Sheriff’s Police Special Operations Unit began investigating the ring in early March, after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen.  Over the course of several weeks, investigators conducted surveillance and undercover purchases, and determined the nine men – who were either related or friends – were engaged in illegal counterfeiting sales.  Most of the apparel items sold in their stores bore the counterfeit trademarks of Nike, Timberland and Major League Baseball.
On Apr 12th and 13th, detectives conducted a raid of the five businesses owned by the men at the following locations:

 

In total, investigators seized more than 4000 items including shoes, jackets, hats and shirts with an estimated value of $150,000.

The next court date for Ali Shaheen and Said Aljuba is April 20th at Harrison & Kedzie.

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