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Eight Arrested For Counterfeit Merchandise In Valley Stream

Defendants sold counterfeit handbags, shoes and electronics

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Dec. 19 that eight people have been arrested and charged with selling counterfeit shoes, handbags, and electronics at an outdoor flea market in Valley Stream.

Rice said that on Saturday, Dec. 15, investigators from the DA’s Office conducted a joint operation with the Nassau County Police Department’s Asset Forfeiture Unit and ICE’s Trademark Counterfeit team at the Green Acres Outdoor Flea Market. Numerous booths were identified by experts for selling counterfeit Coach and Louis Vuitton handbags, UGG boots, music CDs, and DVDs.

“Counterfeit merchandisers steal billions of dollars away from legitimate businesses, funnel it into the black market, and flood the streets with cheap knockoffs,” Rice said. “My office will continue working with fellow law enforcement agencies and industry experts to ensure that every customer is getting the genuine article when they hand over their hard-earned cash.”

Each defendant was issued a desk appearance ticket and faces up to four years in prison if convicted, according to Rice. Charged in the sweep are:

Avinash Gayadat, 21, of Richmond Hill. Gayadat is charged with second-degree trademark counterfeiting.

Raymond Gillies, 61, of Laurelton. Gillies is charged with second-degree trademark counterfeiting.

Allan Sanasse, 45, of Jamaica. Sanasse is charged with second-degree trademark counterfeiting.

Rohanand Parasram, 46, of Brooklyn. Parasram is charged with second-degree trademark counterfeiting.

Migues Ragoonath, 25, of South Ozone Park. Ragoonath is charged with second-degree trademark counterfeiting.

Lamont Faulkner, 36, of Springfield Gardens. Faulkner is charged with failure to disclose the origin of a recording.

Gregory Janvier, 35, of Jamaica. Janvier is charged with failure to disclose the origin of a recording.

Rice said Yu Ma, 47, of Flushing, was arrested on Dec. 18 and charged with second-degree trademark counterfeiting. Ma abandoned her booth Saturday when she saw investigators. She was arrested when she attempted to retrieve her merchandise from Flea Market security, according to Rice.

The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition estimates that counterfeiting costs U.S. businesses between $200 billion and $250 billion per year, and that it is directly responsible for the loss of more than 750,000 American jobs.

News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.

The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).

“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.

The Floral Park Historical Society will host the unveiling of a historic marker to commemorate the first and only Vanderbilt Cup Race that traversed the Floral Park community, on October 8, 1904. It was one of the six Vanderbilt Cup international auto races held on Long Island between 1904 and 1910 and the first in the United States.

The festivities will be on Saturday, April 26, from noon to 2:30 p.m.; the unveiling ceremony and a short program will be at 12:30 p.m. at the triangle mini-park at the intersection of Emerson Ave. and Jericho Tpke.

Emerson Ave., between Jericho Tpke. and Lowell Ave., will be closed at noon for the event.


Calendar

Women’s Club Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, April 17

Blood Drive

Friday, April 18



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