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Man arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit goods at Crossgates

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GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (WRGB) - If you recently bought a cell phone case or accessory at a kiosk in Crossgates Mall, you may have been scammed.

Guilderland police arrested a man Friday for allegedly selling counterfeit cell phone products.

Police say they've seized hundreds of counterfeit cell phone accessories from a kiosk at Crossgates Mall. Police say they first got a complaint back in August regarding the Shatter and Case kiosk.

Police say during their investigation, they seized more than 450 counterfeit cases claiming to be name brands like Otterbox, Louis Vuitton, and Adidas, as well as Popsocket accessories.

Allen Mordukhaev, 25, is charged with trademark counterfeiting.

Police are now warning that manufacturers often have agents checking retail locations for counterfeit items and some officers have training in detecting counterfeit products.

Melanie McGovern with the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is sharing tips to avoid being scammed.

Number one, she says, if the price is too good to be true, then it probably is.

"If it's a brand that everybody knows, you know what the regular retail is and you see it for a vastly discounted price, that's always a red flag that it could be counterfeit, so if you do want some designer item or high quality brand, the best thing to do is go to the retailer or the authorized seller," McGovern said.

Police say Mordukhaev turned himself in and was arraigned in Guilderland Town Court.

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