A 30-year-old Eastvale man was behind bars Friday on suspicion of selling counterfeit goods that replicated high end-brand purses, watches and other products altogether worth nearly $2 million.
Yusuf Mohammad was arrested Thursday on suspicion of manufacturing and selling counterfeit products, a felony. He was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where he’s being held in lieu of $1.7 million bail.
The case was investigated by the Consumer Protection Unit of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from privately run Investigative Consultants, which specializes in cracking down on intellectual property fraud.
Prosecutors allege the suspect primarily used Craigslist to hawk the knockoffs, and buyers generally retrieved them from Mohammad’s vehicle in a parking lot.
He was taken into custody without a struggle while parked outside a shopping center at Limonite and Hamner avenues, not far from his residence on Cortland Street, where a search warrant was served and the goods seized, according to the D.A.’s office.
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