BELLINGHAM, WASHINGHAM. – Today, Friday, June 3, Bellingham Police was convicted and released from Watham County Jail after he was sent a summons to appear today in the Watham County Supreme Court, where he was charged with 9 counts of felony fraud and theft. 1st degree.
According to a testimony of probable cause prepared by the Bellingham Police Department (BPD) and presented to the court by prosecutors, the arrest came after years of investigations that continued into internal security and BPD investigations.
Detective BPD and HSI agents visited the residence of the Deemer Road man in May 2019 after in 2018 the US Customs and Border Protection seized 2 packages with fake designer labels. materials, including bags with designer labels and tags, and computers, 1 of which displays what appears to be a label. The man said he was unemployed but sold watches he saw in the bins, and claimed he had about $ 100,000 in the bank. He denied that the goods he sold were counterfeit, but admitted that he had received prior notice from HSI about the counterfeit goods.
A search warrant was issued at the place of residence. The search revealed “a large number of clearly counterfeit goods and what appears to have been a delivery operation. … There were several boxes of goods labeled with designer labels such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Armani. All the boxes were wrapped in tape, which HSI agents knew was only used for goods shipped from China. ”
About 6 cargoes of vans with property and documents were collected during the search warrant. The approximate cost of the confirmed forgery was more than $ 1,500,000. Further investigation revealed several businesses owned or operated by a man identified as Yaoi “Jonathan” Zhang, 37.
HSI was able to confirm that 63 consignments of suspected counterfeit goods were obtained at the Deemer Road residence between 2014 and 2019.
Zhang was subsequently arrested Ferndale was charged this week the federal grand jury on numerous charges of trafficking in counterfeit goods.