A Hicksville man was arrested Monday at the warehouse where he kept more than 50,000 counterfeit The North Face jackets, law enforcement officials said.
The garments — which authorities said had a street value of $2 million — came in numerous styles, sizes and colors and were displayed alongside the fake tags that went with them. The clothing came to New York from Bangladesh, authorities said.
Haryash Paul, 64, was arraigned Tuesday by Nassau District Court Judge Frank Doddato on a charge of trademark counterfeiting in the first degree, a class C felony, acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.
Bail was set at $15,000 bond or $7,500 cash.
Paul faces up to 5 to 15 years in prison if convicted, Singas said.
“I’ve known him a long time,” Paul’s attorney, James Montgomery of Manhattan, said Tuesday. “He’s a good, reliable family man. I hope very much that things turn out well for him. I’ll do my best to make sure they do.”
The district attorney’s office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations and the Allegiance Protection Group Inc. executed the search warrant for the warehouse at 230 Engineers Drive in Hicksville, Singas said.
“The seizure of millions of dollars in counterfeit goods this week deals a serious blow to those who attempt to sell inferior products to unwitting consumers,” said Glenn Sorge, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York. “As we finish up a busy shopping season we again remind consumers to heighten their awareness when buying items whose price seems too good to be true.”
Singas said Paul, who she said operates Manhattan-based Glamour Line Inc. and is associated with a Jericho-based business known as TRB Designs and Resources Inc., is due back in court Jan. 4.
The district attorney said the counterfeits would sell for a third the cost of the real product and are of inferior quality, adding that they “do not provide the warmth of genuine The North Face jackets.”
She said real The North Face products are only distributed and sold by authorized distributors and retailers and that Paul was not among them.
Chief Diane Peress and Assistant District Attorney Meghan Lavine of Singas’ Economic Crimes Bureau are prosecuting the case.