Covering Louisiana

Sep 6, 2011 3:40 PM by Kate Durio

Conviction in Counterfeit Goods Case

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office has obtained a felony conviction in a case involving the sale of counterfeit goods, announced Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Demba Kane, 47, 11888 Old Hammond Hwy. #25, Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty last week to one felony count of possessing and distributing more than 100 counterfeit CDs and DVDs. The conviction comes as a result of a joint operation involving the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Office of Homeland Security Investigations. On April 29, 2011, investigators with these agencies searched Kane's booth, located at the #1 Outlet Mall on
Florida Boulevard, and seized over 5000 CDs and DVDs containing counterfeit labels.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell stated, "Our office will continue to actively pursue and prosecute those individuals who are selling counterfeit merchandise on the black market. There are fraudsters out there selling everything from fake handbags to prescription medicines. Counterfeit goods seriously harm our legitimate Louisiana businesses and often endanger the safety of our citizens."

Kane entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced in the 19th Judicial District Court by Judge Donald Johnson. He received a sentence of 30 months at hard labor, which was suspended, and was placed on 30 months of active supervised probation with special conditions. Assistant Attorney General Mackenzie Ledet prosecuted the case.

The court has ordered that all of the counterfeit merchandise be destroyed.


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