New York law enforcement has seized over $1 million in counterfeit design clothing in what officials are calling one of the “largest counterfeit manufacturing busts” in U.S. history. Upon serving the defendants, including Guoshen Huroutine, with a routine landlord tenant warrant of eviction at a commercial warehouse in Nassau County, New York, local authorities discovered thousands of boxes of counterfeit goods, including garments and accessories bearing Northface, UGG, Under Armour, True Religion, and Polo labels, among an array of more fashion-focused goods. Law enforcement officers also found $200,000 worth of industrial-state embroidery machines capable of producing hundreds of thousands of garments and accessories.
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas called it one of the largest trademark counterfeit busts in the nation. Officials unveiled two separate cases of counterfeiting with over an estimated $1 million in merchandise. "These items are substandard and potentially unsafe," Singas said.
“Counterfeiting defrauds our consumers by providing them inferior quality goods and robs artists and designers of their work product – all while damaging the designer’s brand with poor quality knockoffs and undermining innovation. This arrest stops a major distribution chain in its tracks,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. “This arrest will have a tremendous impact on the distribution of this unsafe, subpar merchandise,” Acting Commissioner of Police Thomas Krumpter said.
United States Department of Homeland Security representatives are further investigating the possible use of seaports and airports as means of delivery and transport the labels to the warehouse. The items will be checked for safety then donated to charity. The defendant plead not guilty at arraignment and is scheduled to appear in court again later this week.