A sentence has been issued for the three New York City residents and one New Jersey resident who were caught smuggling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of counterfeit apparel and accessories through New Jersey’s Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal in 2096. Judge Denny Chin, federal court judge of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan headed up the case against the smuggling operation, which began after the four men plus six other suspects were arrested in December 2007, following a year long investigation.
Out of the sentences, the group’s leader, Michael Chu, 72, received a 97-month prison term, while
accomplices Robin Huff, 47, and Hsi Feng Li, 62, received 70 and 33
months, respectively. The fourth conspirator, Dick Ong, 58, of Bergenfield, N.J., received one year of probation. Last year, Judge Chin sentenced suspect Wing Ki Lee to 60 months in prison and
two other defendants in the case to three years’ probation. Three other
co-conspirators are still awaiting sentencing.
In the case, Chu reportedly facilitated the of more than 100 shipping containers containing fake items from brands like Nike, Chanel and
Burberry through Port Newark. Huff, a one-time licensed customs
broker, then helped transport the containers through the port’s security
system. Authorities said the fake items would have been worth more than $200 million had they been genuine. Chu has been busted for counterfeiting before—in 2005, a civil case in California was filed against Chu for allegedly running a a ring that imported more than 100,000 fake The North Face jackets. The verdict for that case involved Chu and his co-defendants to pay $7 million.
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