N.J. RAID BAGS BOGUS GOODS
NEW YORK — About $50,000 worth of goods bearing Calvin Klein and Gap labels was seized during a Tuesday raid of an Englewood, N.J., jobber.
The Bergen County prosecutor’s office searched United Apparel Corp., a distributor, jobber and exporter based in Englewood, after getting a complaint from the sportswear manufacturers that counterfeit goods were being held there.
Larry Manus, his brother Kenneth and mother Esther, all executives with the firm, were charged with forgery and commercial simulation. Larry Manus is also the mayor of Alpine, N.J., an affluent northern New Jersey community.
In an interview Thursday, Manus said his company purchased the goods, which included knit tops and sweaters, from legitimate distributors, including Bermo Enterprises of Kalamazoo, Mich. He said that he would present evidence to the prosecutor’s office and ask for the charges to be dropped. “I did not knowingly perpetrate fraud,” he said. “But the designers don’t love us, because we discount their name, so they really jump on things like this.”
The prosecutor’s office could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for The Gap said, “at the moment we are simply investigating what was found.”
Robert Perkins, senior vice president of licensing and marketing for Calvin Klein Inc., said in a statement: “We want to express our appreciation to the Bergen County prosecutor’s office for their strong actions in this matter.”