New York Man Faces Federal Counterfeiting Charges

A New York City man arrested in Austintown last month is now facing federal charges for transporting counterfeit high-end products.

Man Zhang, 30, of the Woodside neighborhood in Queens, entered no plea Wednesday at his initial appearance in U.S. Northern District Court in Youngstown on a trafficking counterfeit goods charge. He was released on $20,000 bond and his case was bound over to a federal grand jury.

Magistrate Judge George Limbert stipulated Zhang confine traveling to New York state and northern Ohio.

An affidavit filed by former Youngstown police officer and current Homeland Security and Customs Enforcement officer Mark Bodo said Zhang was pulled over by the Ohio State Highway Patrol at on March 27 on Interstate 80 in Austintown.

The trooper noticed the boxes and a clear tub with perfume and tee-shirts inside Zhang’s 2008 Chevrolet Express cargo van.

The affidavit said after taking inventory, agents found 1,705 counterfeit items in the van, including 252 counterfeit purses, 55 counterfeit pocket books, 80 pairs of counterfeit Dr. Dre Beats headphones, 204 bottles of counterfeit perfume, 292 counterfeit tee-shirts and sweatshirts, 240 counterfeit hats, and 582 pairs of counterfeit sunglasses.

Some of the counterfeit goods were knock-offs from high-end retailers, such as Coach, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Dooney & Burke, Jimmy Choo and Burberry, the affidavit said. The retail value of the real versions of the knockoffs found were estimated at about $300,000 by an import specialist with the Customs and Border Protection agency.

Agents emailed officials with the company’s to confirm the items were counterfeit, the affidavit said.

Zhang has two active felony warrants for counterfeiting from Noble County and Pickaway County, the affidavit said.

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