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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
A Blue Springs man is accused of selling high-end merchandise like Ralph Lauren shirts but it was actually fake, federal prosecutors say.
And perhaps most shocking, this isn't the first time he's accused of selling counterfeit goods.
Jehad Shalabi, 44, is charged in federal court in Kansas with one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit trademark goods. This comes on the heels of a 2008 guilty plea for the exact same thing except that was in a Missouri federal court.
In 2008, Shalabi admitted to distributing counterfeit merchandise at several stores. The value of that clothing and handbags was $120,000.
Federal prosecutors charged him Friday with selling almost $90,000 worth of fake clothing at a Joe Black clothing store, at 3201 State Ave. in KCK, where he was manager. Federal prosecutors say Shalabi knowingly purchased the counterfeit goods from suppliers in New York and then sold them at his store.
The indictment alleges Shalabi sold hundreds of counterfeit trademark items including Polo Ralph Lauren shirts, hoodies and T-shirts; Nike Air Force, Jordan Airmax and Goadomes shoes; Major League Baseball hats; T-shirts, tank tops, jeans, sweatshirts, hoodies and shorts with tattoo designs by Ed Hardy; Luxirie jeans; Rocawear T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts and body suits; and Coogi shirts, dresses, T-shirts, shorts, jeans and jackets.
Shalabi was sentenced to five years probation in Missouri for the 2008 case. The latest acts are alleged to have occurred from 2009 through July 28, 2011.
About that time, he was accused of violating his probation in Missouri. He was sentenced to two years in federal prison in 2012 for probation violation.
The government is asking a judge to force the man to pay $89,000 or the value of the goods.
Shalabi is also looking at a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine up to $2 million on top of the two years he is serving for the probation violation.
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