Five people were nabbed and more than $200,000 in counterfeit goods were seized after a two-month investigation by Nassau and federal law enforcement authorities, Nassau police said Monday.
From handbags to scarves, the fake designer goods were displayed for sale at hair salons, from the back of one man’s sport utility vehicle and at one woman’s home, according to the police asset forfeiture unit.
The items seized in several search warrants are expected to be on display Tuesday morning during a news conference to be held by acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas and homeland security investigators with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Police said Fern Ciraolo, 53, of Hewlett Harbor, displayed counterfeit goods in her home and offered them for sale on Oct. 28 and Nov. 9. Ciraolo, of Harbor Road, was charged with two counts of second-degree counterfeiting and given a Dec. 21 court date.
Jack Huzarsky, 74, of Syosset, tried to sell fake designer items from his Chevrolet Equinox on Nov. 8 in the rear parking lot of a Glen Cove Road shopping Center in East Hills, police said. Huzarsky, of Lincrest Street, was charged with second-degree counterfeiting and given a Jan. 6 court date.
Alyssa Reichel, 49, of North Woodmere, had counterfeit goods for sale at her Ego Trip concession inside the Cheveux Day Spa and Salon in Woodmere on Oct. 13, police said. Reichel, of Cliffside Avenue, was charged with two counts of second-degree counterfeiting and given a Dec. 21 court date.
Elsa Bonilla, 31, of, Westbury, had counterfeit merchandise for sale at the Elsy Salon in Westbury on Oct. 28 and Nov. 11, police said. Bonilla, of Brook Street, was charged with four counts of second-degree counterfeiting and given a Dec. 20 court date.
Ciraolo’s son, Justin Ciraolo, 21, was at home and had several types of narcotics, police said. He was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession marijuana.