A court-authorized search of a storage facility in Queens resulted in the arrest of two people accused of hawking fake designer merchandise, District Attorney Richard Brown said Thursday.
Xu Jing, 46, and Jing Ye, 43, of Flushing were charged with trademark counterfeiting after $250,000 in handbags, wallets, belts and lighters were seized from three CubeSmart Self Storage units in Ridgewood.
Jing and Ye were allegedly seen selling fake Coach, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Hermes, Gucci and Burberry items from the storage facility.
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“Counterfeit operations, such as this one, fuel an underground economy that rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars to alleged criminals,” Brown said. “These cash-only transactions also rob both City and State municipalities out of much-needed tax revenue.”
Jing and Ye were arraigned Wednesday and released on their own recognizance. They are due in court on Dec. 13 and face up to five years in prison.