The $200 million counterfeit bust last week resulted in 11 defendants getting indicted Wednesday in Manhattan federal court on charges of conspiracy, smuggling and trafficking in counterfeit goods.
This story first appeared in the December 13, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The alleged smuggling ring tried to move at least $200 million in counterfeit apparel and accessories through the Port of Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal. According to court documents obtained by WWD, the indictment demands that the defendants forfeit at least $95 million in real and personal property gained from the alleged smuggling.
The group allegedly smuggled counterfeit goods from China through the port carrying false documentation to slip through Customs undetected. As reported last week, 10 people were arrested and charged for participating in the scheme. One more defendant was added to the indictment filed Wednesday.
Michael Chu, Grace Quezon, Troy King, Robin Huff, Hsi Feng Li, Chi On Wong, Man Wai Cheng, Wing Ki Lee, Dick Ong, Yee Khiong Ting and Shaofeng Shi were all named in the indictment.
Chanel, Nike, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren and Baby Phat were included in the brands seized as part of the case. The indictment came as the culmination of a yearlong undercover investigation by an agent of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.