Store owner accused of selling knock-offs

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | 4:10 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — A federal indictment accuses the owner of two St. Louis stores of selling counterfeit goods, smuggling goods into the U.S. and money laundering.

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap announced the indictment Wednesday against 51-year-old Passaro Frango of University City. Frango owns the stores West African Art and F & A Fashions, both in St. Louis.

Reap said counterfeit goods were sold at both stores, including goods bearing the trademarks of Nike and other clothing companies.

Frango was indicted on April 22 but the indictment was sealed until his arrest. He was arraigned Wednesday.

Calls to both stores and to Frango's home went unanswered.


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