The federal government has moved to seize six properties from a Little Neck family that allegedly ran a massive counterfeit accessories ring, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney for New York’s eastern district said.
On March 14, police arrested Little Neck’s Chee Ching Yim, 44, Chee Kwan Yim, 42, Chee Kuen Yim, 39 and Regina Ngan as well as New Jersey’s Anthony Moresco, 63. The defendants were all charged with enterprise corruption, trademark counterfeiting, money laundering and conspiracy.
Earlier this month, the U.S. attorney’s office filed court documents to seize six properties that officials believe the defendants allegedly used to launder their earnings.
The group allegedly ran its operations out of a Maspeth warehouse, where police obtained 1,400 boxes of counterfeit items – including handbags, sunglasses, boots and jackets – during a March 14 raid.
Items in the warehouse had a total street value of more than $10 million.
According to a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, knockoff goods with names such as Coach, Kate Spade and Oakley were manufactured in China, stored in Queens and later distributed to street vendors as far away as California.
Proceeds were funneled through a corporation known as the Goodies Enterprise.
The Department of Homeland Security aided in investigating the case due to reported customs violations.