Woman from WV Charged with Counterfeiting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A West Virginia woman and seven other people have been arrested in a federal investigation into a counterfeit ring.

Thirty-four-year-old Terri Singleton of Beckley and the other suspects were arrested Wednesday on federal charges related to copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit goods.

Five of the suspects live in Virginia.

Prosecutors say the biggest arrest was of Abbas Chouman -- a New York City clothing store owner.

Prosecutors say Chouman is accused of operating a counterfeit clothing business and offering fake brand-name goods at prices lower than those charged by retailers.

Prosecutors say his business shipped nearly 19 million dollars in counterfeit goods via UPS between 2004 and 2006.

Authorities say all those arrested will be arraigned in Richmond, Virginia.

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