A Jericho man faces charges he stored and sold tens of thousands of counterfeit North Face jackets with a street value of more than $1 million, prosecutors said Friday.
Rahul Biswas, 56, also known as Kazi Aziz, was arraigned Thursday before District Court Judge Joseph Girardi on one count of first-degree trademark counterfeiting, prosecutors said.
Investigators seized more than 20,000 counterfeit jackets shipped to New York from Bangladesh during the execution of search warrants Thursday at an Old Bethpage warehouse and the defendant’s office in Jericho, where he also resides, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said Friday.
Singas described the jackets as being of “inferior quality” and said they were sold for one-half to one-third the price of the real product.
“Counterfeit products can pose unseen safety threats to those who purchase them, and the trafficking of cheap knockoffs causes harm to consumers, trademark holders, their employees and families,” Singas said in a statement.
Also recovered were business and shipping records, as well as two Bangladeshi passports, one in the name of a Biswas alias, prosecutors said.
Authorities said neither Biswas nor his business, TRB Designs and Resources Inc., are authorized distributors of The North Face.
Biswas was represented by Legal Aid, which has a policy of not commenting during the arraignment stage, and was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail or bond, authorities said. He was also ordered to surrender any and all passports he had, officials said.
He is due back in court on Monday and faces 5 to 15 years in prison if convicted, Singas said.