NEW YORK – Charges have been announced today for five individuals who conspired to traffic in more than $70 million worth of counterfeit Nike Air Jordans. Defendants Miyuki Suen, Jian Min Huang, Songhua Qu, Kin Lui Chen and Fangrang Qu are charged with importing hundreds of thousands of athletic shoes from China into the United States. Once those shoes arrived, the defendants and other co-conspirators affixed counterfeit Nike-trademarked logos to those shoes in New York, and sold the now-counterfeit Air Jordans in the United States.
From at least in or about January 2016 up to and including in or about July 2018, the defendants, imported at least 42 shipping containers holding an estimated more than 380,000 pairs of sneakers from China. These sneakers were manufactured to resemble Nike Air Jordans. Once these shoes arrived, the defendants added trademarked logos to the shoes, rendering them counterfeit. The defendants then stored the counterfeit Nike Air Jordans in multiple storage units and warehouses in New York City and elsewhere.
On August 7, 2018, pursuant to court-authorized search warrants, federal law enforcement agents conducted searches of a warehouse, storage units, and a residence related to this scheme, and found thousands of counterfeit shoes, counterfeit trademarks, and machinery to finish counterfeit shoes. The estimated loss attributable to the defendants’ efforts amounts to more than $70 million.
Each of them charged with one count of conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods, and one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. Each defendant faces a maximum potential sentence of 20 years in prison.