Cops Seize $3.5M in Fake Tory Burch, Michael Kors Purses
CHELSEA — Cops siezed approximately $3.5 million worth of knock-off designer goods — including some made to look like Tory Burch and Michael Kors handbags — during a takedown of a counterfeit ring in the Fashion District.
Cops say they raided purported fashion wholesaler La La Fashion at 115 W. 28th St. in the Fashion District on Nov. 9, where they siezed tens of thousands of phony luxury purses and wallets. The alleged scammers planned on selling the items online or to Chinatown and Canal Street vendors, police said.
As of Friday morning, La La Fashion's website was still up, with a list of generic bag styles available for online purchase. The prices were only available on request. Calls to the phone number listed on the site were not immediately answered.
Police identified those arrested as Jeff Xia, 48, Gou Yin Ye, 62, Xhi Feng Chen, 29, Cheng W. Wang, 37, Bin Bin Jin, 27 and Yan Qun Hu, 40. Each has been charged with first degree trademark counterfeiting.
The NYPD Trademark Infringement Unit was assisted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the bust, which was the result of two months of investigation.