The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 22, 2007

3 charged with selling counterfeit goods out of Norry store


NORTHUMBERLAND — Dayshawn Daniels, 22, told a Northumberland police detective that he could sell him a Louis Vuitton purse worth $1,000 for $150 when the officer visited Mo Betta Fashion, 70 Queen St., last Tuesday.

The detective initially declined, but returned the next day and bought the handbag for $100, according to court documents.

Monday, borough police, joined by county and federal agents, closed down the store and charged three men, including Mr. Daniels, with selling counterfeit goods out of it.

Northumberland Police said they obtained a search warrant to raid the store which was allegedly selling counterfeit merchandise carrying brand names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and “other high ticket items.” When a reporter visited the location on Tuesday, the store was closed and empty racks could be seen through the front window. The window suggests that the store had sold purses, belts, hats, socks and “iced out watches.”

Police said the store was operated by members of The United Bloods Nation, a street gang, and proceeds from sales at the store were funneled to the gang.

Arrested were: Robert Singletary, 38, of 72 Queen St., Apt. 2, Northumberland, Angel Espada, 28, of 68 Queen St., Northumberland, and Mr. Daniels, 22, a Brooklyn, N.Y. resident, who had been staying with Mr. Espada in the 68 Queen St. residence prior to their arrest.

The men were charged with: trademark counterfeiting; simulating objects of antiquity and rarity; deceptive business practices, theft by deception, forgery and conspiracy.

Mr. Espada and Mr. Daniels were arraigned Monday night before on-call District Judge John Gembic in Shamokin, then placed in the Northumberland County Prison, to await a preliminary hearing before District Judge Robert Bolton in Sunbury.

Mr. Singletary was jailed on a probation violation.

Northumberland Police were assisted by other local agencies, including Point Township Police and officers from the Northumberland County probation office and sheriff’s office, as well as agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, police said.