Officials charge 29 in counterfeit ring
NEWARK | Federal officials in New Jersey have announced charges against 29 people in what they said is a massive international counterfeit goods operation.
New Jersey’s U.S. attorney, Paul J. Fishman, said parallel international investigations resulted in arrests in New Jersey, Texas, New York and the Philippines.
Mr. Fishman said defendants in the alleged rings attempted to smuggle $325 million in counterfeit goods from China through the Port Newark-elizabeth Marine Terminal in Elizabeth.
In addition to trafficking in counterfeit sneakers, boots, handbags and other items, authorities say the two overlapping criminal enterprises also trafficked in counterfeit cigarettes and crystal methamphetamine.
Mr. Fishman said the groups took counterfeit goods manufactured in China and shipped them to the U.S. for sale to wholesale and retail outlets.