Police bust bogus sports apparel operation at Topsfield Fair

David Rogers

Topsfield police arrested three men Tuesday for allegedly peddling thousands of counterfeit sports apparel items at the Topsfield Fair.

Moustapha Niang, 50, Choate Street, Fall River, and Martin Cohen, 48, Parkway North, Yonkers, N.Y., were charged with sale of counterfeit items. A third man, James Ellis, 41, Lisbon Road, Canterbury, Conn., was arrested on a previous warrant.

Along with the arrests, police seized roughly 5,000 items of non-licensed counterfeit logo merchandise including sports clothing, hats, T-shirts, sweat shirts, jewelry, mirrors and cell phone accessories. The merchandise, according to police were found in 15 different booths operated by both the Topsfield Fair and Fiesta Shows.

Topsfield Fair General Manager James O’Brien didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment on the incident.

Police were also aided by an intellectual property investigator representing professional sporting leagues. The case, according to police, remains under investigation.