Bellerose seller of faux fashion found guilty of counterfeiting
Air Max Sko A Bellerose woman was convicted last week of selling high end counterfeit goods out of her Jamaica store, the Queens district attorney said.
Air Max Thea Ai G. Zhang, 41, of Country Pointe Circle faces up to 15 years in prison when she is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 20 for her conviction on trademark counterfeiting charges, Queens DA Richard Brown said.
Zhang reaped thousands by selling clothing and accessories that bore the logos of brand names, such as Nike and Gucci, when in fact they were knock offs, according to Brown.
holiday season is a busy time for trademark counterfeiters and consumers should exercise caution when shopping for a bargain, he said in a statement.
Zhang sold her goods out of a store at 161 11 Jamaica Ave., the DA said. In 2006, undercover officers entered her establishment and she offered them phony Gucci sneakers for $20, Louis Vuitton handbags for $18 and Nike sneakers for $21, according to Brown.
Nike Air Sko The officers placed an order for more than $2,300 worth of goods and the business owner instructed them to come to a Queens Village location where she would give them the merchandise, Brown said. Zhang drove to her home and other locations in Queens where she was observed loading her car with the fake goods before delivering it, the DA said.
She sold fake clothes and accessories to the officers on two more occasions in 2006, according to the DA. A search warrant executed at her home netted more than $175,000 in counterfeit goods, the DA said.
Brown had some harsh words for Zhang scam because he said it hurt Queens economy.
Nike Air Max 90 Dame such as that run by the defendant fuel an underground economy. They are cash businesses that pay no taxes and rip off both the consumer and the industry by foisting inferior products into the marketplace.
Zhang was convicted in Queens Supreme Court Dec. 7, following a two week jury trial, Brown said.
counterfeiting is neither a victimless nor harmless crime something the jury in this case obviously understood when they returned a verdict of guilty, he said in a statement. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site.