HAUPPAUGE - Suffolk County prosecutors have announced the arrests and indictments of five people in a major international trademark counterfeiting operation.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office says it tracked the suspects to warehouses in Queens. According to investigators, the warehouses were filled with truck loads of designer knockoffs of different hand bags, shoes, sunglasses and clothing.
According to officials, the merchandise bore the trademark brands of North Face, Uggs, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Oakley, Nike, Kate Spade, Prada, Tiffany and other high profile manufacturers.
Officials say the investigation revealed a sophisticated scheme that involved importing from plants in China and storing the goods in Queens. The items would then be distributed to resellers.
According to officials, the items were being sold in the metropolitan area and throughout the U.S., including in Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Georgia and California.
The suspects - Chee Kwan Yim, Chee Kuen Yim, Chee Ching Yim, all of Little Neck, Queens and Anthony Moresco, of Rutherford, N.J. are all being held on $100,000 cash bail. Co-defendant Regina Ngan, of Queens, is free on $5,000 bail.