A San Joaquin County man who sold goods at the Galt Flea Market pleaded guilty Friday in Sacramento to trafficking in counterfeit sports apparel.
Seyyed Ali Noori, 50, of Mountain House pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods before U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr., according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Noori was indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2016 and is to be sentenced June 15.
In connection with his plea, Noori admitted owning and operating Goldstar Wholesale LLC, a regional wholesale distributor based in Tracy. and selling goods at the Galt Flea Market in Galt.
In August, October and November 2013, undercover officers with the Sacramento Intellectual Property Task Force purchased hundreds of dollars worth of counterfeit hats, shirts and other accessories from Noori. The items bore counterfeit trademarks belonging to professional sports franchises in the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League as well as apparel brands like Monster Energy, Nike and New Era, the news release said. Purchases were made from Noori at the Galt Flea Market and the Goldstar warehouse.
Noori admitted that on Nov. 12, 2013, he was served with a notice directing him to cease and desist selling goods bearing the counterfeit trademarks, and that he signed a declaration that he understood the notice and would refrain from selling such products in the future, the news release said.. Noori also admitted that he continued to sell the counterfeit goods.
On Dec. 3, 2013, undercover task force officers visited Noori's retail stand at the Galt Flea Market, where Noori indicated that he could no longer display the counterfeit items for sale.. He instead directed the undercover officers to his box truck, where they purchased counterfeit goods, the news release said.
On Dec. 19, 2013, a search warrant was executed at the Goldstar warehouse, where officers found thousands of items openly displayed for sale, including headwear, shirts and accessories, all bearing counterfeit sports trademarks,according to the news release.
The case was investigated by the Sacramento Intellectual Property Task Force, the FBI's Sacramento Field Office and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office.