Warren Police Bust 7 People in Massive Counterfeit Designer Goods Operation
Seven people have been busted in a massive counterfeit operation based in Warren, where police say they specialized in producing fake designer goods.
Fake, Fake, Fake
Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Versace, Chanel, Coach, Armani, MCM, Ferragamo, and Ray-Ban, and more, all fake, fake, fake as Elaine Benes would say.
Warren Police tell Detroit's WDIV-TV that they uncovered the operation, discovering 2,022 counterfeit items packed "floor to ceiling" in two homes. Merchandise was also found at four kiosks that were used to store and sell the fake goods.
Monthslong Investigation, Purchases Made Undercover
Police started investigating the clan back in May when they began receiving reports of counterfeit designer goods that were being sold at the County Line Trade Center on Dequindre Road.
Warrne Police Detective Collin McCabe tells the TV station that an undercover officer purchased a Louis Vuitton handbag for $35 at the County Line Trade Center in Warren. Ordinarily, such an item would sell for about $1,000.
“On June 24, 2022, undercover officers purchased a Louis Vuitton purse valued at $1,000, market value for $35, from (Maysam Jaber) and co-defendant Basem Jaber," McCabe says.
Police then executed search warrants for the four kiosks and two homes.
Seven People Arrested
Police have arrested seven people who were part of the scam. Two of the suspects are married while two more are a mother and son. It is unclear which of the suspects are related.
- Mohammed Salam
- Ibrahim Salam
- Maysam Jaber
- Basem Jaber
- Madlen Khosho
- Danny Khosho
- Annie Butler
Mohammed Salam is in custody being held on a $20,000 personal bond while each of the others is being held on a $10,000 personal bond.