NEWARK – A Woodbridge man was charged today with trafficking in counterfeit male enhancement supplements imported from China and with laundering proceeds of more than $1 million, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Shuja Ali Syed, 52, originally from Pakistan and now a resident of the Iselin section of Woodbridge, was arrested this morning by U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations special agents. He was charged in a two-count complaint and was scheduled for an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court.
According to the complaint filed in Newark federal court:
From February 2012 through January 2013, Syed allegedly trafficked in counterfeit, purportedly all-natural male enhancement products, namely Libigrow, Blue Diamond, Nite Rider, and ExtenZe. Syed allegedly imported counterfeit Libigrow, Blue Diamond, Nite Rider, and ExtenZe from China, and sold the products to undercover law enforcement agents and other individuals in New Jersey and New York.
Syed allegedly represented that the products were “all natural,” when, in fact, laboratory analyses of the counterfeit products indicated that they contained either sildenafil, commonly known as Viagra, or tadalafil, commonly known as Cialis. Both Viagra and Cialis are prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration and used to treat, among other things, erectile dysfunction.
From December 2011 through November 2012, Syed allegedly deposited more than $600,000 into New Jersey bank accounts and wired more than $1 million to China, all of which were proceeds from the alleged illegal importation and sale of the counterfeit products.
The criminal complaint charges Syed with one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, which carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $2 million, and one count of money laundering, which is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in Syed’s financial transactions.
Fishman credited law enforcement agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew McLees, and postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Maria Kelokates, for the investigation leading to the charges.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint against Syed are merely accusations, and he is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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