Thursday, May 29, 2008
Ridgewood company distributed phony Trojans
Eight charged with selling fake condoms
BY ROBERT E. KESSLER
Federal agents staged raids in the metropolitan area Thursday and arrested at least eight people for heading a ring that authorities say has been smuggling into the country massive quantities of a wide variety of name-brand counterfeit goods manufactured in China -- including millions of counterfeit Trojan condoms -- which they then distributed, according to court papers and officials.
Among the goods the ring smuggled into the U.S. were phony Apple iPods, Louis Vuitton handbags, NFL caps, Barbie dolls and Marvel comic books, officials said.
One of the raids was carried out by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at 18-28 Troutman St. in Ridgewood, Queens -- a building used by the ZX Trading Co.
Those arrested have been taken to federal court in Central Islip, where they are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on a variety of charges, including selling counterfeit goods and the financial crime of structuring transactions.
Todd Greenberg, a Forest Hills lawyer representing two of the owners of the ZX Trading Co. who were arrested -- Lin Hu and her brother, Jian Hu -- said his clients are innocent. Lawyer Glenn Obedin of Central Islip, who represents another of those arrested, Jian Wang, said his client is innocent of the charges, as well.
The assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case, Charles Kelly, declined to comment on Thursday.