Knockoff designer goods operation busted in Warren, with 2,000 products seized, $100,000 in cash

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Police raided a flea market after receiving reports from multiple sources that counterfeit designer goods such as handbags and sunglasses were being sold there – and they found Louis Vutton bags, Gucci sunglasses and haute couture by Ferragamo. All of this is false.

Today, seven people face criminal charges for peddling counterfeit products, which sometimes sell for almost as much as the real items.

The Warren Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit began digging into reports of counterfeit designer goods sold at the County Line Trade Center in May.

They executed search warrants on four kiosks inside the mall and two homes in Warren and Sterling Heights on Friday, seizing about 2,000 counterfeit products and more than $100,000 in cold hard cash.

Madlen and Danny Khosho, two suspects in the case, were both at home when FOX 2 shut down Tuesday.

Neither of them wanted to comment. They all face an intent to deliver forgery charges, which is a five-year felony.

“If you’re going to go ahead and commit a crime in Macomb County, you’re going to pay the price,” prosecutor Pete Lucido said.

He says the sale of counterfeits hits consumers hard. And he’s a little pissed off about where the sales money is going.

“I know there have been statements made to the police that some of the money is going out of the country and that concerns me because the scope and the target are getting even wider in what they are doing with the money and how it is channeled out of the country,” he said.

Police say two suspects, Annie Butler and Ibrahim Salam, are not yet in custody. The others all received personal obligations.

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