Arrests made in breakup of $70M international Air Jordan counterfeit ring

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Authorities say that counterfeiters shipped and sold 385,000 pairs of fake Air Jordans in a scheme spanning from China to Queens. (Reuters)
Authorities say that counterfeiters shipped and sold 385,000 pairs of fake Air Jordans in a scheme spanning from China to Queens. (Reuters)

Air Jordan is one of the world’s iconic apparel names, a brand coveted by both basketball players and sneakerheads who haven’t touched a basketball in ages.

So it was no surprise when news broke Wednesday that an alleged international counterfeit ring slapping Nike logos on generic shoes was busted up in New York.

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Authorities: 385,000 fake pairs of Air Jordans produced

NorthJersey.com reported that federal authorities made five arrests in a scheme that saw 385,000 pairs of counterfeit shoes passed off as Air Jordans from 2016 to 2018.

The shoes were imported from China to Newark, where a Nike logo was added before being shipped to Queens to sell, U.S. attorney Geoffrey S. Berman told NorthJersey.com.

High stakes and potentially stiff sentences for accused

The scheme that ripped off shoes that retail for $190 cost Nike more than $70 million, Berman said.

New York’s Miyuki Suen, Jian Min Huang, Songhua Qu, Kin Lui Chen and Fangrang Qu are charged with one count of conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods and one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods and face a maximum of 20 years in prison, according to Berman.

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