Area charities will receive thousands of jackets for distribution beginning this week after a plea deal in a counterfeiting case made the garments available to those in need, officials said.
The donations follow a plea deal struck after the December arrest of Haryash Paul, 65, who police said was in possession of 50,000 counterfeit The North Face jackets, worth a street value of more than $2 million.
The Hicksville man, charged with trademark counterfeiting and attempted trademark counterfeiting, pleaded guilty to the felonies and faces no jail time. In exchange, he altered the jackets and donated them to local charitable organizations, said Jeffrey Einhorn, Paul’s attorney. Paul also paid to inspect and store the coats, according to the district attorney’s office.
The Nassau County district attorney’s office distributed the 3,000 jackets to several organizations throughout Long Island Monday with plans to distribute 17,000 more through Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Rene Fiechter said.
The remaining 30,000 jackets are set for distribution in September, he said.
“It is unusual for the clothing items to not be destroyed,” Einhorn said. “But . . . the DA recognized that it would be a terrible waste to destroy them all.”
In most counterfeit cases, Einhorn said, the merchandise is difficult to alter beyond brand recognition. In the case of the jackets, however, Paul’s company Glamour Line Inc. removed the branding so the jackets could be donated.