Police broke up a million dollar counterfeiting ring in Ridgewood Queens this week which resulted in the arrests of three individuals. According to District Attorney Richard Brown, the three individuals are charged with counterfeiting trademark goods and hiding them in Ridgewood storage units.
“One may argue that buying fake designer goods is a victimless crime, but counterfeit operations like this one fuel an underground economy that benefits only the alleged criminals,” said Brown in a release. “Their transactions are cash-only and therefore rob both City and State municipalities of much-needed tax revenue. These products – inferior in material and quality – also damage the reputation and brand of the designers they copy.”
A search warrant was executed last week at Cubesmart Self Storage and it was there that all three defendents – Hai Yan “Ya-Ya” Yang, 40, of Bayside, Queens, Guo X. Zheng, 55, of Brooklyn and Jaing J. Nan, 42, of College Point – were apprehended. Police recovered over 100 boxes worth about $1 million in designer goods.
Products included: boots, purses, jackets, sneakers and umbrellas. Designer items were from: Louis Vuitton, Coach, Gucci, Michael Kors, North Face, UGG, Nike Prada, Burberry, Ferragamo, Hermes and Tory Burch.
According to the district attorney’s office, they are charged with first-degree trademark counterfeiting. If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison.