New York Times - 03/20/04:
Five Are Arrested in Waterfront
By SABRINA TAVERNISE
The authorities arrested five people yesterday who they
said were trying to smuggle millions of dollars in counterfeit clothing
into the United States from China. The people arrested had also tried
to bribe undercover police officers, a law enforcement official said.
Four men and a woman were arrested in a parking lot in
Flushing, Queens, after trying to bribe authorities with $248,000 to
clear six containers of fake designer clothing, including knockoffs
of Gucci and Louis Vuitton, according to Kevin McGowan, assistant police
chief at the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.
"They had established a distributorship, and they
were hoping that they would have corrupt officials that could push
these containers through for them," Chief McGowan said, adding
that the people "were looking to give $50,000 a container " in
Most of the people arrested were Chinese nationals, he
said. They had been watched for months by the New York State Organized
Crime Task Force, the New York Police Department and the United States
Department of Labor, said Chief McGowan, whose agency also assisted
in the investigation.
Chief McGowan identified two of the men arrested as Kevin Yang, 28,
of Shanghai, and Kuochuan Tseng, 47, of Taipei. The other men Li Yi
Hu, 36, and Yu Dong Ma, 35, and the woman, Xiaobet Hu, 32, are from
Queens, Chief McGowan said. At of those three suspects are Chinese
nationals, he said.
They were arrested about 5 p.m., after they flashed the
money to undercover officers in a municipal parking lot on 38th Avenue
and Prince Street. Officers charged them with trademark infringement,
Chief McGowan said.
They were being held at a Queens station house last
night, he added.
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