Father and son charged with selling fake goods


URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - A father and son are charged with selling fake merchandise at their business in Champaign.

51-year-old Abdulla Saeed of Decatur and his son, 20-year-old Mohamed Saeed of Champaign, were charged Thursday with possession of 100 to 500 counterfeit items. The value of the items is between $300 and $10,000.

The pair are accused of having hundreds of fake items for sale on April 19 at Golden Hour, 301 W. Bloomington Road. The charges allege they represented the items to be name-brand designer merchandise, even though they were fakes.

If convicted, sentences could range from probation to up to five years in prison.

Fake sports association and fake designer stocking caps, baseball caps, jogging suits, wallets, belts were being sold. Brands being faked included Nike, Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and the National Football League. 

383 items were seized. Police also seized two plastic bags of cash, totaling $2,850.

Officers said another search warrant had been served last July and the pair were given a cease-and-desist order to stop selling counterfeits. Officials said that order was ignored.

In the previous sale of counterfeit items, police said sales tax was not being applied.

The father and son are free on their own recognizance, but are due back in court on May 10.

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