2006-01-13 / Front Page

Police Go Shopping For Fakes, Cheats

By Brian Magoolaghan


Police stand with the items recovered during two raids in Rockaway Beach last week. From left: Lieutenant Marron, Police Officer Driscoll, Police Officer Purcell, Police Officer Villani, Sergeant Stamm, Police Officer Johnson and Sergeant Cerrato.Police stand with the items recovered during two raids in Rockaway Beach last week. From left: Lieutenant Marron, Police Officer Driscoll, Police Officer Purcell, Police Officer Villani, Sergeant Stamm, Police Officer Johnson and Sergeant Cerrato. Police last week arrested four store workers and recovered bundles of bootleg CD’s and DVD’s, counterfeit clothing items and untaxed tobacco products from two stores on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Cops from the 100 Precinct and investigators from the Department of Taxation and Finance executed two warrants simultaneously last Thursday afternoon at S&A Sportswear and the Lucky #1 Grocery, businesses located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 86 Street.

Officers removed about 85 pairs of knockoff Nike, Timberland and FUBU footwear; dozens of unlicensed baseball caps and sports jerseys for teams including the New York Yankees, Giants and the Baltimore Orioles; more than 650 bootleg CD’s and DVD’s; and, sorry ladies, cheapo Louis Vuitton handbags, too.

S&A Sportswear, which does not have tobacco distributor status, was allegedly peddling more than 50 cigars and more than 20 cartons of untaxed cigarettes. They even had bogus city and state tax stamps to forge the markings on the packs they sold, according to allegations outlined in court records. Angela Murray, an investigator with the Department of Taxation and Finance said the stamps could be spotted as fakes a mile away because they use a different font from the official seals.

Police also confiscated $7,000 in cash.

Four men, who were present at the time of the raid and identified themselves as employees, were arrested in the incident: Alghazali Hafed, 20, Mohamed Hussain, 34, Ahamed Mohahmed, 24, and Mohamed Mulflahi, 41. All of the men share a bedroom in the rear of the location, according to court records.

All of the men are charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument; unlawful distribution of tobacco products and cigarette and tobacco products tax violations. They were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on January 6. Judge Joseph Zayas set bail for Mohahmed at $5,000 and released the others on their own recognizance.

The men are each due back in court on January 20.

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