comprar ugg online baratas Officials Say They Smashed a Ring Smuggling Counterfeit UGGs
NEWARK With skin fashioned like hightop moccasins, they looked like popular UGG brand boots. But tags on their heels read “XMX,” and they had generic tread on their bottoms.
Once the boots cleared customs at two New Jersey ports, they were taken to nearby warehouses, where, prosecutors said, workers ripped off the dummy tags to reveal an UGG label and that brand’s signature soles.
But even those were fake, federal officials said Friday in announcing what they said was the breakup of two overlapping criminal rings that took part in an elaborate scheme to sell $325 million worth of counterfeit goods throughout the United States.
Twenty nine people, most of them Chinese, were charged in the case. Federal agents made arrests this week in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Florida and the Philippines. As of Friday evening, all but four of the defendants were in custody.
The defendants are accused of smuggling counterfeit goods from China into the United States by filling out fraudulent customs forms and writing in the names of legitimate shipping companies. Mr.
“These people exploited our borders by stealing legitimate identities of companies, whose names were essentially hijacked,” said James A. Dinkins, associate director of Homeland Security Investigations.
Cash from the sales was deposited into bank accounts in installments of less than $10,000 in order to draw less attention, Mr. Fishman said. He said that in one week, the defendants deposited $430,000 in more than 100 transactions.
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“The ultimate victims here are the consumers,” Mr. Fishman said. “Counterfeit goods harm us all.”
In addition to the counterfeit UGG boots, the fake merchandise included imitations of handbags by Coach, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Gucci, as well as phony Nike sneakers. agents, posing as buyers, wired $70,000 to a Taiwan bank, and later the narcotics were sent to them in a shipping container, hidden inside bags of Chinese tea. The drug traffickers also made plans to ship crystal methamphetamine to Japan along with goods earmarked for tsunami relief, Mr. Fishman said.
Mr. Kow, who was arrested in Manila, is also accused of trying to smuggle millions of dollars’ worth of counterfeit cigarettes into the United States.
According to a criminal complaint in the case, one defendant, Lin Wu, asked another whether some counterfeit cosmetics “would be harmful to users.” Hai Yan Jiang, the other defendant, replied that if he worried about such things, he should “go be a monk.”