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Men Plead Guilty to Selling Counterfeit Items at Odessa Mall

Two men plead guilty and could face up to 10 years in jail for selling counterfeit items at the Music City Mall in Odessa, The U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Two men plead guilty and could face up to 10 years in jail for selling counterfeit items at the Music City Mall in Odessa, The U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Raja Zafar Iqbal, 41, and Javed Iqbal Raja, 50, were arrested in September 2013 after operating various kiosks at the mall, where they admitted to selling the merchandise, authorities said.

“The defendants pled guilty to aiding each other in the trafficking of numerous items that were designed to mislead people into believing the items were genuine,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Austin Berry, who prosecuted the case. “But in fact were counterfeit items bearing trademarks that were substantially similar to brands that have those trademarks protected through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.”

The items sold were trademarked as Angry Bird, Fox Head, Monster, Nike, Playboy, Polo Ralph Lauren, Chanel and Juicy Couture.

When the men were arrested, authorities found more than 300 items, including jewelry, watches, buckles, key chains and lanyards.

The kiosks were the merchandise was being sold included Gold-N-Silver, ICEE Jewelry, Jewel Time, Pretty-N-Sassy, and Right Jewelry, The U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Music City Mall shoppers, Gwen and Billy Beck said they have previously bought jewelry from one of the kiosks at the mall. After spending more than $300 on a ring, they discovered the ring was fake.

“They literally ripped us off,” Gwen Beck said.

“And they have been doing so for years,” Billy Beck said.

The Beck’s tried returning the ring but the people operating the kiosks told them it was nonrefundable.

“They are selling fronts to you like it is real,” Billy Beck said.

“But it’s not quality, it’s just fake, it’s no good.”

The attorney representing Iqbal sent KMID Big 2 News the following statement:

“Raja Iqbal entered a guilty plea to engaging in a fraction of the conduct the government originally alleged he committed,” the statement said. “It will be up to the Judge to decide the extent of Mr. Iqbal's actions and the proper punishment for those actions. We look forward to presenting evidence on these matters in a hearing before the Judge.”


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