Finally, someone is going to prison for counterfeiting designer apperal. According to WWD, a counterfeiter responsible for the distribution of $7 million in fake
apparel was sentenced to nearly five years in prison on Friday.
Abbas Chouman, of
Astoria, N.Y., was sentenced in the Eastern District of Virginia to 57
months in prison for one count of conspiracy to commit criminal
copyright infringement. He was also ordered to pay $7 million.
Chouman was arrested in March 2007 for
operating a wholesale clothing business in New York that sold
counterfeits. He pled guilty to conspiracy on July 3. Chouman ran a business under a few names
including Gizmo Wear Inc., Tea Shirt Inc., T Shirt International Inc.
and Jump Wear.
Among the brands
counterfeited were Rocawear, Evisu, Ecko, Enyce and LRG. Customers all over the country purchased
clothing from the company in person or by phone. Phone orders were
shipped via UPS. Recipients paid cash on delivery and UPS deposited the
proceeds into an account for Gizmo Wear. Nearly $19 million in COD payments were deposited into
the Gizmo Wear account by UPS between December 2004 and September 2006.