Eight men and women from Queens and Brooklyn face charges in connection with the sale of counterfeit shoes, handbags and compact discs and DVDs at an outdoor flea market in Valley Stream, prosecutors said.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the arrests, which took place Saturday and involved investigators from the district attorney's office, the Nassau County Police Department Asset Forfeiture Unit, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Trademark Counterfeit Team.
Each of the defendants arrested faces up to four years in prison if convicted, officials said.
Arrested and charged with second-degree trademark counterfeiting were: Avinash Gayadat, 21, of Richmond Hill; Raymond Gillies, 61, of Laurelton; Allan Sanasse, 45, of Jamaica; Migues Ragoonath, 25, of South Ozone Park; Yu Ma, 47, of Flushing; and, Rohanand Parasram, 46, of Brooklyn. Officials said Ma abandoned her booth when she saw investigators but was arrested when she tried to retrieve her merchandise from flea market security.
Also arrested and charged with failure to disclose the origin of a recording were Lamont Faulkner, 36, of Springfield Gardens; and, Gregory Janvier, 35, of Jamaica, prosecutors said.
Arraignment information was not immediately available.
The district attorney's office said that the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition estimates counterfeiting costs U.S. businesses between $200 billion and $250 billion a year and that it is "directly responsible for the loss of more than 750,000 American jobs."