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Business owner faces deportation, 32 felony charges over bogus items

Abdoulaye Diallo

Abdoulaye Diallo

WINDER -- The owner of a Winder clothing store caught selling knock-off merchandise now faces 32 felonies and deportation to Africa, police said Thursday.

Acting on a tip, Winder police raided Flashy-n-Classy at 83 N. Broad St. this week and seized bogus merchandise worth more than $10,000, police said. Bogus clothing items were reportedly labeled as specific brands like Prada, Fendi, Polo, Coach and Louis Vuitton, among other designers. Pirated music was being sold at discount prices as well, police said.

Store owner Abdoulaye Diallo, 36, of Winder was arrested at the scene and is charged with 31 counts of sale of and possession with intent to sell counterfeit merchandise, as well as one count of sale of reproduced music CDs without consent.

"These types of business practices cannot be tolerated," said Winder Police Chief Dennis Dorsey.

All charges are felonies because the retail value of the seized clothing exceeds $10,000, police said.

Diallo also was found to be in the country illegally. Police said federal officials plan to deport him to Africa.