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New York man charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods

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A New York man has been named in a nine-count indictment charging him with bringing counterfeit goods to Wheeling to sell at a Christmas show last November.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Xian Chen Chen, 37, has been charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods after he allegedly brought items purporting to be from Beats Electronics, Chanel, Coach Services, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Malletier, Michael Kors, North Face Apparel Corp., Tiffany and Tory Burch to the Northern Panhandle to sell.

The marks were registered for those goods on the principal register of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the use of which being likely to cause confusion, mistake and to deceive, Ihlenfeld said.

Chen faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is also seeking to forfeit all articles and property used to commit and facilitate the offense.

The case was investigated by the Mountaineer Highway Interdiction Team (MHIT) and by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. MHIT is comprised of officers and agents from the West Virginia State Police, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, the Wheeling Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. MHIT is a part of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) initiative and as a result receives federal funding to support its efforts.

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard.