Three Rockford men were sentenced in federal court for selling counterfeit clothes and shoes in Rockford in 2010.
The arrests were the result of an investigation by Rockford Police and several federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service. The three men all pled guilty to selling or conspiring to sell counterfeit clothes, shoes, and merchandise earlier this year.
Brothers Abdul Hariz, 23, and Mohammad Hariz, 21, pled guilty in February. According to their plea agreements, the two sold counterfeit shoes and clothing at the Fashion Store between August 19, 2012 and December 14, 2010.
Mohammed Hamad, 44, was charged separately and pled guilty on March 8 to selling counterfeit goods at the Westside Grocery store on October 21, 2010. According to his plea agreement, Hamad claimed he was part-owner of the store and admitted that store employees allowed a person cooperating with law enforcement agents to use a LINK card to purchase counterfeit shoes.
All three men were arrested on December 14, 2010. On August 2, 2012, the three men were sentenced to five months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. The first five months of supervised release will be spent on house arrest.
The three defendants must also pay restitution to their victims and repay the government for the costs incurred during the investigation. Hamad will also pay a fine of $5,000.
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