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November 14, 2012

Andover man pleads guilty in knockoff electronics case

ANDOVER — An Andover man pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of selling thousands of counterfeit electronics from his home on eBay and his own online store.

Ahmad Raad, 55, of 21 Marie Drive, will be sentenced on Feb. 14 for trafficking in counterfeit goods and mail fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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

Raad was accused of receiving unmarked electronic devices from China and separately obtained labels from Sony and SanDisk and attached them to the products, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Between 2007 and 2011, it is believed Raad sold thousands of counterfeit products including batteries, chargers and memory sticks.

“The merchandise bore a variety of brand names and trademarks, including those of Sony, SanDisk, Olympus, and Kingston,” the criminal complaint read, “but much of this merchandise was not made by these companies or by companies authorized to use their names or marks.”

According to court documents, he first sold the items on eBay before establishing his own website, emartcentral.com in 2007. The website is no longer operational.

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