For Immediate Release: March 28, 2013

Five Arrested and Indicted by Suffolk County DA for Importing Trademark Counterfeit Merchandise

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(Long Island, NY) Five people have been arrested and charged with racketeering, trademark counterfeiting, conspiracy and money laundering for operating a scheme to import and sell fake designer handbags, boots, jackets, pocketbooks, sunglasses, jewelry and other merchandise, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said today. The knockoffs were manufactured and exported from factories in China, stored at facilities in Queens and then distributed by the ring members to “street sellers” in the metro area, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Georgia and California.

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Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota shows the inferior materials used to manufacture a counterfeit Louis Vuitton shoulder bag

District Attorney Spota said a search warrant executed March 14 at 30-60 Review Avenue in Maspeth, Queens resulted in the seizure of 1,400 boxes of counterfeit merchandise. In addition to fake handbags, sunglasses, footwear and other and apparel, detectives seized decals, tags and logos, symbols, manufacturing plates, and the machinery used to produce counterfeit trademark designs. Designer replica badges, buttons and fashion adornments recovered in the raid, DA Spota said, included the trademarks of Coach, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Nike, Oakley, Prada, Chanel, and Kate Spade.

Joining the district attorney at the news conference were agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led by Anthony Scandiffio, the Deputy Special Agent in Charge (DSAC) of the New York Field Office.

“This organization allegedly operated an extensive importation and distribution network to produce and label counterfeit handbags,” said James T. Hayes Jr., Special Agent in charge of HIS, New York. “HSI and its law enforcement partners work together to dismantle criminal organizations set on circumventing our customs laws to infringe on the intellectual property rights of individuals and corporations alike.”

A tractor trailer and 7 box trucks were used to remove the trademark counterfeit products from the Maspeth location, DA Spota said. According to experts, the retail value of the trademark merchandise seized is in excess of 10 million dollars.

“The defendants bought these faux leather handbags, made in China, for two dollars apiece, and then our undercover detectives were buying them from the defendants for $18 to $25 each, and in turn, the bags would have been sold on the street, or in a Long Island home during a “Handbag Party”, for anywhere between $50 to $100,” District Attorney Spota said. “A genuine Louis Vuitton shoulder bag costs between $1,000 to $4,000.”

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Warehouse location in Queens, New York

Three men and two women have been arrested and indicted for the scheme run through their company “Goodies Enterprise Inc.”; Chee Kwan Yim, 42, AKA “Jimmy”, Chee Kuen Yim, 39, AKA “Janice”, and Chee Ching Yim, 44, AKA “Steve”, all of Little Neck, Queens, and Anthony Moresco, 63, of Rutherford, New Jersey, are incarcerated in lieu of $100,000 cash bail, charged with the top count of enterprise corruption, the state’s anti-racketeering law, a class “B” felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. The four are also charged with money laundering, conspiracy and trademark counterfeiting. Co-defendant Regina Ngan, 30, AKA “Tina”, of Queens, is free on $5,000 bail, charged with trademark counterfeiting and conspiracy.

Members of the ring are alleged to have laundered their profits by buying valuable jade and other high-end jewels as well as real estate. “Records recovered during the investigation,” District Attorney Spota said, “show that millions of dollars in illegal profits were going back to banks in China, and investments in real estate in China, New York City, Florida, and California.”

Four of the five defendants are incarcerated in lieu of bail in the Suffolk County jail facing indictments charging them (except defendant Regina Ngan) with the class B felony of Enterprise Corruption (NY State’s anti-racketeering statute) and multiple counts of trademark counterfeiting, conspiracy and money laundering.

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Board with Mug Shots of the Defendants

(Key: EC is Enterprise Corruption, TMCF is Trademark Counterfeiting)

The following four defendants reside at 249-20 Cambria Avenue, Little Neck, New York.

Chee Kwan Yim aka Jimmy D.O.B.: 8/27/1970
Indictment charges: EC, TMCF 1st & 2nd, Money Laundering 4th and Conspiracy 4th
Bail Status: $100K/500 Bond – Bail Source Hearing Granted

Indictment #2 charges:
Charges: TMCF 2nd and Conspiracy 5th
Bail Status: $10K/20 Bond – Bail Source Hearing Granted
Next Court Date: May 9, 2013

Chee Kuen Yim aka Janice D.O.B. 9/28/1973
Indict charges: EC, TMCF 2nd, Money Laundering 4th and Conspiracy 4th
Status: 100K bail/500K bond – Bail source hearing granted
Next Court Date: April 9, 2013

Chee Ching Yim aka Steve D.O.B. 8/4/1968
Indictment charges: EC, TMCF 1st & 2nd, and Conspiracy 4th
Bail Status: $100K/500 Bond – Bail Source Hearing Granted
Next Court Date: May 9, 2013

Regina Ngan aka Gina D.O.B. 9/16/1982
Indictment charges: TMCF 2nd and Conspiracy 5th
Status: 5K cash bail posted
Next Court Date: April 15, 2013

Anthony Moresco D.O.B. 10/11/1949 of 115 Mountain Way, Rutherford, NJ
Indictment charges: EC, TMCF 1st & 2nd, Conspiracy 4th
Bail Status: 100K bail/300K bond – Bail source hearing granted
Next Court Date: April 15, 2013



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