New Orleans business owner pleads guilty to selling counterfeit goods

New Orleans business owner pleads guilty to selling counterfeit goods

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A New Orleans business owner faces jail time after he pleaded guilty to trafficking nearly $194,000 worth of counterfeit clothing and luxury goods out of his Broadmoor store, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Maher Salim, 41, was accused of selling numerous counterfeit products from his store BRANDS 4 LESS at 4200 Washington Avenue.

The investigation was led by Homeland Security. Authorities found Salim to be selling counterfeit products by True Religion, Rock Revival, Michael Kors, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Polo, Timberland, New Era, Nike, Adidas, Dolce & Gabbana, Mitchell & Ness and North Face.

On Nov. 9, 2016, authorities inspected a “suspicious package” addressed to Salim at the DHL Express facility in Kenner.

Inside the package, agents found 32 pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes. A Nike representative also purchased a pair of counterfeit shoes during the store’s business hours.

About two months later, on Jan. 19, 2017, agents inspected Salim’s store and found nearly $194,000 worth of counterfeit clothes and products.

Salim faces a maximum term of ten years in prison, a fine of up to $2,000,000.00, up to three years of supervised release after imprisonment. He is set to be sentenced May 14.

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