Five different individuals are facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison after they were charged with trafficking counterfeit Nike Air Jordan sneakers with an alleged sale of over $70 million in fake shoes.
Homeland Security Investigations special agent-in-charge Angel M. Melendez announced that the five people had imported up to half a million pairs of fake Nike shoes.
"These five individuals are alleged to have been a part of a large-scale counterfeiting scheme, importing nearly a half-million pairs of knock-off Nike sneakers. These counterfeiting networks can be both detrimental to our economy and threaten our national security, and HSI will continue to take every measure in investigating and dismantling these organizations."
Last Tuesday, Aaron Katersky of ABC News reported that after an eight month probe, five individuals named Miyuki Suen, Jian Min Huang, Songhua Qu, Kin Lui Chen and Fangrang Qu were charged. According to investigators, the individuals would gather up and import generic normal shoes from China all the way to New Jersey before they added the Nike Air Jordan logos. They would then attempt to sell these shoes as authentic Nike Air Jordan’s to the public.
"The five defendants in this case allegedly counterfeited over $70 million in fake Nike shoes and sold them to buyers on the U.S. market. I commend our law enforcement partners for helping to bring today’s charges, which send a clear message to would-be counterfeiters: 'Just don’t do it,'" Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.
Nike Air Jordan’s are well known all around the world and one of the most popular type of shoes that can be sold worldwide. It’s now a serious punishment for a serious crime that these individuals are now facing.
According to Bleach Report:
The Jordan Brand is a dominant force in the world of shoes.
Riley Jones of Sole Collector noted three of the 10 best-selling sneakers during the first quarter of 2018 were Air Jordans, led by the Air Jordan 11 Low, which took the No. 2 spot.
Michael Jordan net worth is $1.7 billion and his brand is one of the best sports brands in the world.