Father, sons charged with illegal importing

July 08, 2005|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF

An Ellicott City man, his two sons and the Baltimore County company they work for were charged yesterday with illegally importing and distributing switchblades and boxed knife sets bearing counterfeit NASCAR and related trademarks, according to a federal grand jury indictment.

NFZ Products Inc. and three senior employees, Mohammed Aslam, 57, and his sons, Farhan Aslam, 31, and Zeeshawn Aslam, 27, also allegedly conspired to import and distribute knives and swords violating United Cutlery and Lord of the Rings copyrights, according to Maryland's interim U.S. Attorney Allen F. Loucks.

The indictment alleges that the three suspects participated in the conspiracy over the past decade and seeks forfeiture of more than $950,000.

A representative of NFZ Products, a privately held company in the 3300 block of Hollins Ferry Road in Lansdowne, declined to comment yesterday.

The Aslams are charged with violating federal anti-smuggling, switchblade, copyright, and trademark statutes, filing false customs entries and concealing evidence subject to a joint investigation by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. attorney's office.

The Aslams each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $2 million. NFZ faces a maximum fine of $5 million and probation.

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