WASHINGTON — Federal officials said Friday that three people pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conspiring to smuggle counterfeit Coach handbags and other goods into the U.S. from China and Malaysia.
The defendants were part of an indictment filed in March against nine people for their roles in an international, multimillion-dollar counterfeiting ring that had ties in Baltimore, New York, London, Malaysia and China.
The three defendants, Lidan Zhang, Josephine Zhou and Kim Yip Ng, plead guilty in three separate hearings on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, respectively. According to the defendants’ pleas, their counterfeit enterprise was responsible for a loss of $400,000 to $1 million to the brands they knocked off. They face maximum sentences of 15 years each.
Nancy Axilrod, associate general counsel for Coach Inc., said the company was “extremely pleased” with the announcement of the guilty plea.
“Coach is committed to dismantling rogue vendors and businesses and protecting the general public from illegitimate and unlawful goods,” Axilrod said. “Coach regularly cooperates with and assists law enforcement on the federal, state and local levels in the fight against counterfeit goods.”
Coach also established a civil litigation anticounterfeiting campaign called Operation Turnlock a year and a half ago, she said, that has resulted in the filing of more than 325 civil lawsuits.
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia