Men charged in clothing scheme

2 N.J.

Police found $100,000 in counterfeits in van

September 28, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two men stopped in a speeding van yesterday in Baltimore County were arrested after police reported finding them in possession of hundreds of illegally produced jeans, sports jerseys and wrist bands.

Moon P. Hong, 55, of Harrington Park, N.J., and Dae H. Shin, 57, also of New Jersey, were each charged with five counts of copyright and trademark violations, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. The two men were scheduled to be taken last night to Baltimore County.

Hong was driving 70 mph in a 55-mph zone on southbound Interstate 95 near the split with Interstate 895, said transportation authority police spokeswoman Catherine Leahan. Police found about 300 jerseys and 100 pairs of jeans inside their navy Dodge van. Many of the counterfeit jerseys bore Washington Redskins logos, leading police to believe the men might have been headed to the team's home game last night against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field. The jerseys falsely bore the label of sporting goods seller Mitchell & Ness.

The jeans were falsely marked with brand names such as Sean John and Phat Farm. Police said the clothes had a street value of about $100,000.

The haul also included wristbands marked with brand names, Leahan said.

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