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One of the leaders of a counterfeit sneaker ring that stretched from Buffalo to China was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to 27 months in prison.

Malik Bazzi of Montreal had previously admitted buying and selling nearly 240,000 pairs of fake Nike sneakers as part of conspiracy that started with a factory in China and ended with retailers in cities such as Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Rogowski said Bazzi, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to trafficking in counterfeit goods, cooperated with the government’s prosecution and provided valuable information for several other investigations involving counterfeit goods.

Bazzi’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.