SHERIFF’S POLICE CONFISCATE MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE
Friday, May 22, 2009 — Almost 10,000 fake Nike shoes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton purses and other name-brand merchandise were seized in two separate raids by Cook County Sheriff's Police, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said.
Three suburban residents - including a mother and son - are charged with violating trademarks, after the companies whose merchandise was fraudulently produced agreed to press charges.
Baosong Sun, 38, of the 2500 block of Greenwood Avenue, Highland Park, was arrested May 15th. Officers from the Sheriff’s Police Special Operations Unit received information that Sun was selling fake Nike gym shoes. The investigation led officers to a storage facility where Sun was renting lockers. Search of those lockers resulted in the seizure of more than 3,390 pairs of gym shoes bearing a counterfeit Nike logo, along with nearly 1,000 items with fake Chanel and Louis Vuitton labels. If authentic, the items confiscated in this seizure would have an approximate retail value of more than $682,000.
In a separate raid five days later, more than 4,660 items, bearing various fake designer labels such as Ed Hardy, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, as well as NBA, MLB and NFL logos were seized from P & L Fashions, located at 1750 W. 47th Street in Chicago. The estimated retail value of these items, if authentic, is $916,000.
Shao Hua Li, 46, and Jia Hao Pan, 22, both of the 5200 block of west 110th Street in Oak Lawn were arrested on May 20th. Li and Pan, who are mother and son, had been selling the fake designer merchandise for approximately four months from their store in Chicago.
Li and Pan each posted $25,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court on May 27th. Sun, whose next court date is pending, posted $100 bond.