Over $1B in ‘Knock-Off’ Handbags, Shoes and ‘Luxury Products’ Seized in Record Federal Bust

More than $1 billion worth of fake handbags, shoes and luxury products have been seized by authorities in New York.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced they had seized approximately 219,000 counterfeit bags, clothes, shoes, and other luxury items from a New York City storage facility.

Per a press release from the attorney’s office, the goods had a total worth of approximately $1.03 billion.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said the bust was a record for “knock-off designer goods.”

“As alleged, the defendants used a Manhattan storage facility as a distribution center for massive amounts of knock-off designer goods,” Williams said. “The seizures announced today consist of merchandise with over a billion dollars in estimated retail value, the largest-ever seizure of counterfeit goods in U.S. history. This is a testament to the commitment of this Office and its law enforcement partners to combat counterfeit trafficking in New York City.”

According to the release, Adama Sow and Abdulai Jalloh were arrested Wednesday morning and charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Culled from People