Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Great, Fake Zig-Zag Caper

Tarek Makki, Ali Makki and their cousin Adham Mackie have all pleaded guilty to conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods, money laundering and making false statements in federal court. What's behind the crimes? Fake Zig-Zags.

The men then used fictitious company names and invoices to get the counterfeit papers past U.S. Customs, according to their plea agreement. Once in the United States, Tarek Makki and Adham Mackie sold the papers throughout the country at wholesale prices well below the typical cost of Zig-Zag papers.


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