By  on December 20, 2011

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials announced Tuesday that a federal judge sentenced a Chinese perfume importer to 12 months in prison for trafficking in counterfeit perfume.

U.S. District Court Judge Sandra L. Townes handed down the sentence to Shaoxiong Zhou, 42, of Shantou, Guangdong, China, in Brooklyn on Monday and also ordered Zhou to pay $20,000 in restitution.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s criminal division and U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch of the Eastern District of New York made the announcement.

In January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized a cargo container containing 37,000 units of perfume bearing bogus trademarks from well-known brands, including Lacoste, Polo Black and Armani Code.

Zhou admitted to shipping the container to a facility in Staten Island, N.Y. Separately, he admitted to offering to supply counterfeit perfume to prospective buyers at a Las Vegas trade show in August 2010.

Officials said the case is part of a federal investigation into counterfeit perfume and cosmetics being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

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