first_imgOne June 2007 e-mail between two unindicted conspirators intercepted by the FBI reads, “you can pack $150,000 with some new sample inside of box. Colin can (deliver) to us when he come to China on Friday.” Hussein Nasser, was identified in the federal complaints as part-owner of the Crown Ambassador Trading Company, which ran the stores. The main store, also called the Crown Ambassador Trading Company, was raided by the New York City Police Department in October 2006, and two people were arrested for possessing approximately $1million worth of counterfeit clothing. Apparently, the police arrests did not deter Nasser and the other defendants from continuing to move the clothing. E-mails and phone calls collected by the FBI indicate the trading continued to go on as late as last October. Tsai was released from custody after posting $500,000 in bail, according to Whom Merozoite, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A sixth man, Sam Wang, who lived in Taiwan, but was arrested in New York, allegedly manufactured the clothes and shipped them to Tsai in Los Angeles. Together, the defendants shipped more than $19.7million worth of clothing between August 2003 and November 2006, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The investigation was carried out through wiretaps and e-mail surveillance. The clothing, produced in Chinese factories, were imitations of four designer brands: Akademiks and RocaWear – American clothing labels associated with hip-hop music – and Bathing Ape and Evisu – two expensive Japanese brands. E-mails sent between Tsai and Wang indicate that Tsai would on occasion travel to Taiwan, where Wang lived, and would bring clothing samples and cash between the two locations, according to federal documents. A Covina man was arrested by federal authorities on suspicion of participating in a conspiracy to import and distribute counterfeit clothing manufactured in China, authorities said Thursday. Colin Tsai, 36, acted as a middleman for the movement of the clothing to New York City and the movement of currency back to China, according to the FBI. He was arrested Wednesday, officials said. Hussein Nasser, 27, Hussein Chahine, 27, Hassan Chahine, 25, and Ali Fayad Nasser, 25, of North Bergen, N.J., owned and operated three clothing stores in Manhattan that sold the goods, officials said. last_img

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