As per the current reports of the federal government, they have managed to successfully seize the Counterfeit Goods worth half a billion dollars after the thorough investigation into the importation and sale of fake luxury goods on Thursday. According to the investigation report, the officials were able to file the charges against 33 people who were dealing in counterfeit products. The charges imposed on these individuals included conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods as well as trademark counterfeiting.
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These goods that were confiscated by the officials after the successful investigation were actually a part of the scheme that has been originating in China that stretched to Warehouses in Queens. As per the reports, this scheme was stretched even further to Illinois and California.
New York’s special agent, Homeland Security, Angel M. Melendez stated to the media that this is the largest investigation that their agency has had regarding the counterfeit items. The products that have been seized during the raid were knockoffs of some popular and renowned brands including – Gucci, Burch, Hermes, Tory, Coach, Michael Kors, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton. This is not all, the confiscated items also include Chanel perfume.
According to the report, authorities estimated the loss in the retail value to the United States was around half a billion dollars. Prior to New York, federal authorities in Newark in 2012 charged 29 people for trying to smuggle fake goods worth $325 million into the country.
Investigators reported that the importers represented themselves as employees of a legitimate importing companies with the valid email addresses and phone numbers. These good were loaded to the warehouses located in Queens, Long Island, Brooklyn, after which the wholesale distributors sold the goods to other distributors.
This investigation was made successful after the arrest of 33 people and confinement of 22 trucks carrying the fake products such as purses, belts etc.