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Merchant indicted in counterfeit case

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A Clayton County grand jury has indicted a former discount mall booth operator on 10 counterfeit trademark charges, involving the alleged possession of knock-off designer clothing, handbags and wallets.

Abdoul Sow, 49, was indicted Wednesday, in connection with his arrest April 10, 2008 during a raid on the Tara Discount Mall, located at 281 Upper Riverdale Road in Jonesboro, according to court records.

According to the indictment filed in Clayton County Superior Court, Sow possessed, with the intent to sell, merchandise that bore counterfeit Coach, Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Ed Hardy, Polo Ralph Lauren and Nike trademarks.

"The offender stated that he knew [the] items to be 'fake' and his intentions were to sell the items for monetary gain," Clayton County Police wrote in a warrantless arrest affidavit.

According to police, at the time of his arrest, Sow had in his possession the key to a booth that he told police he rented at the mall.

Sow was transported to the Clayton County Jail following his arrest in 2008, and was granted $7,500 bond the next day, according to online court records.

Sow was assigned an attorney with the Clayton County Circuit Public Defender's Office for legal representation, according to court records. His attorney could not be reached for comment on Friday.