Businessman Pleads Guilty To Selling Fakes
Police Say Story Was Selling Knockoffs
HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg business owner accused of selling knockoff goods out of his Kenmore Street store, K&C Top Fashion, pleaded guilty this week.
The store’s owner, Osman Rezai, 39, was charged with felony possession and distribution of counterfeit goods.
However, during a hearing in Rockingham County General District Court on Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor use of a trademark without consent.
He was sentenced to an 11-month suspended jail term.
The investigation began Sept. 30, when a Harrisonburg police officer was dispatched to the business for a shoplifting case involving stolen shoes. The shop is located at 53 Kenmore St., a side street near the Cloverleaf Shopping Center that connects Reservoir and East Market streets.
On Oct. 3, when officers found the shoplifting suspect and the stolen goods, they noticed issues with the footwear leading them to believe the shoes might have been counterfeit.
Police contacted a private investigator with expertise in counterfeit clothing who concluded that the shoes were knockoffs of a brand-name pair.
At the request of the Harrisonburg Police Department, the private investigator visited the store and found more items that he suspected were counterfeit. On Oct. 18, police say, they made a controlled buy of sneakers sold as Nikes for $65 that were later determined to be knockoffs.
Police later seized more than 100 pairs of shoes branded as Nike and Timberland, three jackets branded as Burberry, 12 pairs of pants being sold under the Coogi label and dozens of other items.
Police say they believe all the items are fake.
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