Counterfeit Chic. Faux Designer Brooklyn Bust

April 27, 2009 • Fashion


Ah, we love these feel-good stories! According to WWD, last week authorities in Brooklyn arrested six people and seized
knockoff designer goods having an estimated street value of $20 million
in a sting on a counterfeiting ring, which operated as a wholesale
showroom for the New York City black market.

Authorities allege Stop and Stor storage facility at 534 63rd Street in Sunset Park was used as an organized bazaar where
retail buyers could come to view knockoff goods hung for display in one
unit and pick up orders by the caseload in another.

Charged were Kai Fong Chen, 39, and Min Min Zheng, 24, with trademark
counterfeiting in the second degree, a Class E felony with a maximum
four-year sentence. Four others — Cheng Jun Lin, 43; Lian Min Guo, 34;
Jian Lan, 45, and Xia Dong, 33 — were charged with trademark
counterfeiting in the third degree, a Class-A misdemeanor.

“Operation Store and Sting” seized more than
100,000 counterfeits of brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Gucci
and Prada, as well as financial records related to the ring’s sales.

Not only were there knockoff Ed Hardy bikinis, True Religion jeans and Louis Vuitton purses there was a pair of fake Nike Air
Force Ones with a portrait of President Barack Obama printed over their
trademark Swoosh. Ew.

The seized goods originated in China, and that most of
the wholesale buyers were New York-area shops in the underground

Source: WWD

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