Andover Man Charged in Counterfeit Goods Scheme
Andover resident Ahmad Raad, was charged in Federal Court today for allegedly selling counterfeit goods.
An Andover man could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted of selling thousands of counterfiet electronics illegally though eBay.
Andover resident Ahmad Raad was charged in Boston Federal Court Monday with with trafficking in counterfeit goods and mail fraud. Raad was charged in an Information, which is a formal criminal charge without a grand jury indictment.
Between the 2007 and 2011, the Information alleges that the he sold a variety of counterfeit electronics under a brand name called "eMartCentral" through eBay or his website. The goods, such as memory sticks or batteries, were purchased by Raad, allegedly, from Chinese manufacturers that did not have approval to produce items that bore the logo of Sony or another major brand name.
He had also allegedly bought items with no logos and then applied labels himself before shipping them.
Raad faces up to $250,000 in fines and a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amy Harman Burkart and Scott L. Garland of Ortiz’s Cybercrime Unit.