Hundred have thousands of pairs of Nike JordanÂs have been discovered being trafficked into the US, leading to the arrest and charge of five New York residents by the US Immigration and Customs EnforcementÂs Homeland Security InvestigationÂs (HIS) unit. It was reported that Miyuki Suen, Jian Huang, Songhua, Kin Lui Chen and Fangrang Qu had brought the shoes from China to the US illegally, then branding them with the fake Nike trademarks once in the US.
Â It was announced that up to an estimated 380,000 pairs of shoes, carried in 42 separate shipments were carried out between January 2016 and July 2018. The items were then attached to the famous Nike logo and sold all over New York in a number of units and warehouses as well as other areas in America.The activities were discovered by federal law enforcement agents after a search was undertaken of the property of one of the defendantÂs, as well as searches of various units and warehouses. Thousands of pairs of shoes were exposed alongside counterfeit trademarks and machinery to affix these to the shoes.
Â The five in question have been charged individually with one count of conspiring to traffic counterfeit goods into the US and one count of trafficking goods into the US.
ÂThese five individuals are alleged to have been a part of a large-scale counterfeiting scheme, importing nearly a half million pairs of knock-off Nike sneakers,Â said Angel Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI New York.
Geoffrey Berman, US attorney for the Southern District of New York, added that the charges Âsend a clear message to would-be counterfeiters: ÂJust donÂt do itÂÂ.
Each defendant is facing up to 20 years in prison.