NYC: Feds steal $1 billion in handbags, shoes from storage unit

Source: New York Post

“A storage facility in Manhattan was the site of the largest counterfeit goods seizure in US history as authorities on Wednesday unveiled a sprawling collection of phony ‘designer’ merchandise the envy of any socialite wannabe. Two men were arrested in the operation where a whopping $1.03 billion worth of fake [sic] handbags, shoes, clothes, and other accessories were stored away in boxes and on cluttered shelves in units at Gotham Mini Storage, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a news release. About 219,000 faux [sic] items were recovered in the joint investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations agents and the NYPD.” [editor’s note: The goods weren’t “fake;” the brand labels may perhaps have been fraudulent, but they were in fact real handbags, shoes, etc. – TLK] (11/16/23)