A business owner and an employee were arrested after federal and local law enforcement found over 1,000 luxury designer brand items being sold at a store in Waukegan.
Mohammed Abulawi, 34, of Waukegan, was charged with selling 500-2,000 counterfeit items and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelse Banks said officers executed a search warrant at Dubai Fashion. The business is located at 1245 South Lewis Avenue in Waukegan.
The warrant was initiated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Waukegan Police Department assisted.
They found at least 12 different luxury brands being offered for sale by the business.
117 boxes of items were confiscated and all of the items were counterfeit, Banks said.
Over 1,000 items have been recovered so far, including brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Versace and Christian Dior.
The business is not an authorized seller of the brand names.
Abulawi was the owner of the business and prior surveillance confirmed he was present and working in the store, Banks said.
Abulawi’s name was also on the business license and he was found with numerous documents and invoices during the search.
Officers also found a loaded revolver on the desk in the business and Abulawi admitted the gun was his, Banks said.
Abulawi does not have a Firearm Owners Identification card or a concealed carry license.
An employee in the store, identified as Damyrica L. Moore, 22, of Waukegan, was also arrested.
Banks said Moore had been working for a year at the store and admitted to knowing the items were counterfeit. She was also charged with selling 500-2,000 counterfeit items, which is a Class 2 felony.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Abulawi held on a $100,000 bond.
He was released from the Lake County Jail after posting $10,000 cash.
Potkonjak allowed Moore to be released from custody on a $30,000 personal recognizance bond.
Moore is scheduled to appear in court again on November 4 and Abulawi is scheduled to appear in court again on November 10.