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Man sold colored contacts out of Greenacres phone store, PBSO says

A Greenacres Boost Mobile store has been offering customers deals on more than phone contracts, according to deputies.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the phone store has been selling colored contact lenses along with the phones.

A months-long investigation into the Boost Mobile store on Forest Hill Boulevard, east of Jog Road, revealed that the store’s owner and operator, Waseem Naim Kahook, 45, was openly selling colored contacts, despite not having a medical license or permit to do so.

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On two separate occasions, undercover investigators bought “FreshLook” contacts there. A sign reading “Contact Lenses $15” inside the store easily showed them where to go, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Store employees, including Kahook, a Lake Clarke Shores resident, offered tips on how long to wear the lenses, how to store them and what saline solution to use on them, according to the report.

When officials tested the lenses, lab results showed they contained bacteria — pseudomonas aeruginosa and SP — which can lead to “aggressive eye infections if untreated,” according to a sheriff’s office report.

FreshLook Contacts confirmed those lenses were not made by the company and were in fact counterfeit, the sheriff’s office said.

Kahook is out of the Palm Beach County Jail on a $6,000 bond, according to court records.

It is not the first time Kahook has been accused of eluding state and federal regulations. In 2005, Kahook and two others pleaded guilty to structuring $112,000 in financial transactions from their convenience store, Thriftway of Pahokee, to evade the IRS, according to federal court records. Kahook was charged with smuggling cash internationally, but that charge was dropped, court records show.

Kahook was sentenced in 2006 to one year of probation, court records show.

Staff researcher Melanie Mena contributed to this report.

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