A Long Island father and his two sons have been arrested with $25 million worth of counterfeit designer accessories, ranging from Gucci to Rolex to Burberry knockoffs, authorities say.
The 55-year-old Long Island man and his 22-year-old and 18-year-old sons were arrested Tuesday following a six-month investigation. Authorities say they seized fake watches, belts and purses from a warehouse in New Hyde Park.
Officials say the knockoff Chinese merchandise was shipped to Kennedy Airport before being distributed to street vendors. Authorities say the men dealt fake accessories that mimicked brands such as Rolex, Gucci and Burberry through their business, Broadway Watch Outlet Co.
Nassau County police, Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and New York City police were all involved in the investigation.
Authorities seized $25 million in counterfeit designer watches, belts and purses from a Floral Park father and his two sons who sold the fake items that were shipped to their New Hyde Park warehouse from China, officials said Wednesday.
The arrests of Mahmood Nasir, 55, Ramish Nasir, 22, and Rubail Nasir, 18, about 6:20 a.m. Tuesday at their Willis Avenue home, followed a six-month investigation into the trio, who ordered the fake merchandise from China and distributed it to low-level street sellers across the region, police said.
Investigators from the Nassau County Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the NYPD — part of a task force at Kennedy Airport — seized thousands of fake watches bearing such brand names as Rolex and Gucci, and other accessories such as scarves and pocketbooks purporting to be produced by high-end designers Louis Vuitton and Burberry, authorities said.
The items, which police described as good knockoffs complete with fake serial numbers and bogus authenticity paperwork, were shipped through Kennedy Airport to the family’s business — Broadway Watch Outlet Co. in New Hyde Park.
Acting Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder called the actions of the Nasirs a “scam” on consumers and the American tax system and urged shoppers to beware of a too-good deal.
“Make sure it’s a real Rolex,” Ryder said. “Buy from a legitimate store. We’re always trying to get a better deal, but someone on the street who’s trying to sell you a watch for half the price, it’s probably not the right watch.”
Authorities executed three search warrants Tuesday at the Nasir home, at Storage 1-2-3 on South Third Street in New Hyde Park and at another rental unit that authorities declined to identify, according to Nassau police.
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