Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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November 22, 2012

Counterfeit electronics scammer awaits his sentencing

An Andover man could spend up to 20 years in jail after pleading guilty to selling thousands of counterfeit electronics out of his Marie Drive home using eBay and his own website.

Ahmad Raad, 55, will be sentenced on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, for trafficking in counterfeit goods and mail fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. He pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole to trafficking in counterfeit goods and mail fraud.

Between 2007 and 2011, Raad sold online a variety of electronic merchandise, including batteries, chargers and memory sticks, under the name “eMartCentral” using eBay or the website “emartcentral.com” that is no longer active. Raad purchased the merchandise that he sold directly from China.

The merchandise bore a variety of brand names and trademarks, including those of Sony, SanDisk, Olympus, and Kingston. But much of this merchandise was not made by these companies or by companies authorized to use the companies’ names or marks, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

In some instances, Raad received merchandise from China that did not bear any product labels, and separately received sheets of Sony and SanDisk labels which he affixed to the merchandise and sold.

During the four-year period, Raad sold thousands of pieces of counterfeit merchandise in this manner, according to the U.S. Attorney

Raad faces up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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