Arrests in Scheme to Sell Fake Brand-Name Products

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NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors in New York say 29 people are accused in a scheme to smuggle more than 950 shipments of high-quality knockoffs.

The goods included fake Ray-Ban sunglasses, Coach handbags and North Face jackets.

Officials say some shipments arrived in California with paperwork saying they were destined for Mexico.

Instead, they were secretly diverted to a warehouse in Laredo, Texas.

Four defendants charged with money laundering face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The rest face up to five years if convicted of conspiracy.

In New York, the items were hidden in warehouses in Brooklyn and Queens before being sold to tourists in Chinatown and other parts of Manhattan.

Also charged were some shippers and warehouse owners.

Federal agents picked up most of the suspects yesterday.