what does it have to do with gangs?

Brent Finnegan -- March 29th, 2007

The DNR is reporting that Latif Ahmed Bakhsh, the owner of Threads in the Valley Mall is being deported for being undocumented and selling counterfeit clothing which he bought on the street in NYC.

I wrote about the Threads bust last month, yet my questions remain unanswered. The gang unit raided the place. Where is the connection with gangs? And why is our local law enforcement enforcing the copyrights of huge multi-national corporations? I guess the moral of the story is: if you want counterfeit clothing, go to NYC.

Although Bakhsh is Pakistani, the fact that he was undocumented is bad news for the Latino community here (not to mention fodder for the meeting tomorrow).

9 Responses to “what does it have to do with gangs?”

  1. JGFitzgerald says:

    Good news, bad news. The good news is there’s apparently so little gang activity around that police can focus on undocumented T-shirts. The bad news is that illegal immigrants from Pakistan are apparently going to come in and take counterfeiting jobs away from taxpaying, native-born Americans.

  2. cook says:

    I really wish the case had been tried. As I understand it, he was charged with inducing the gang task force to give him their money by lying to them — were the police really induced by his “false pretenses” when they walked in the store for the purpose of buying his counterfeit merchandise? And the elements of the misdemeanors would have been tough to prove too, I think. Would’ve been interesting.

    It appears from the newspaper that the decision to plead guilty was made so that he could get home as soon as possible.

  3. David says:

    Prediction: Next council meeting, motion to update business licensing code to require city staff verifies citizenship status of applicant. Seconded.

  4. Someone Help Us says:

    And who’s going to give the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office access to ICE/Homeland Security databases? Who’s going to train them to stop fake v. real “green cards”?

    What a joke.

  5. David says:

    Of course its a joke, the government telling citizens that it doesn’t want illegals money! Yeah right. Kind of like the NVA cities telling us how much money their loosing because they are paying for so many more services. Of course they never include revenue from sales tax collected from the illegals in their figures because that might just negate their arguments.

  6. David says:

    I think that i should re-state that. I didn’t mean “government”, sorry but I meant the politicians/media in these particular situations.

  7. Angela says:

    Hey Cook what about buying drugs is that the same as the Threads issue. Are the Police trying to invoke or pursuade a illegal immigrant to sell drugs to them?

  8. Reaganite says:

    No, Angela, that is not the same thing. When the police do an undercover buy, they charge the seller with distribution of a controlled substance. In order to maintain a charge of “obtain property/money by false pretenses” the government must show that the purchaser was in fact defrauded or tricked by the false pretenses of the person being charged. In the Threads case, the police purposely purchased $230 worth of items (important because $200 is the level for a felony) specifically because they believed the items to be counterfeit and not real. Therefore, the false pretenses charge would not have gone forward past preliminary hearing. The misdemeanor charges were appropriate charges based on the information developed by the police but the government may have had significant problems proving all required elements. And, I do not believe anyone knew of Mr. Bakhsh’s immigration status in advance of his arrest. He was not targeted because he was an immigrant, undocumented or otherwise (at least I saw no evidence of that).

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