PRESTIGE COUNTERFEIT RING BUSTED
Byline: Brid Costello
PARIS — Law enforcement authorities in Jakarta, Indonesia, have broken up an operation allegedly involved in the production of counterfeit prestige beauty products, according to a statement from Unilever Cosmetics International (UCI).
Joni Ng, trading under the company name Jogi Citra Mandiri, was arrested for his alleged participation in the ring. A 40-foot container carrying imitation UCI, L’Oreal, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Lancaster-Coty and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s Christian Dior fragrances, with an estimated street value of $1 million, was also seized, according to UCI.
The brands and the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia had been investigating the case since November 2000, which led to the allegation that Jogi Citra Mandiri had been shipping the counterfeit fragrances to the Mideast and Latin America for the past five years. A related investigation in Spain revealed the fragrances were manufactured in Barcelona, then sent to Jakarta for assembly.
Unilever concluded a similar, nine-year investigation earlier this year covering New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Mexico and Italy. That hunt led to a manufacturing facility of counterfeit products in Union City, N.J. Prosecution is pending in that case in the Office of the U.S. Attorney in Newark, N.J.