A Queens man was busted Tuesday for flooding New York with nearly $5 million in phony Timberlands and UGG boots, authorities said.
Since 2011, Hai Long Huang has transported thousands of pairs of the shoes from China to the U.S. via shipping containers, according to a complaint filed against him in Manhattan federal court.
Huang allegedly hawked the counterfeit footwear from tables he set up on the corner of Delancey and Suffolk streets, according to the court papers.
The pairs of shoes typically arrived as “generic,” the documents say, but were then stamped with UGG and Timberland logos in order to sell them for more. Others arrived already bearing the false logos.
“Some of these boots are produced to resemble Timberland and UGG boots in design and color, but significantly, are ‘generic,’” the complaint reads. “That is, these boots are imported into the United States without the inclusion of logos that are trademarks registered with the United States Patent and Trademark office.”
Timberlands typically sell for $140 to $400 pair, while UGGs can cost between $140 and $545, depending on the design.
Feds cracked down on Huang after multiple undercover agents bought boots in bulk from the shoe peddler, who in one August 2019 instance sold a dozen pairs of Timberlands to an undercover for $515.
Huang is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court later Tuesday to face charges of trafficking counterfeit goods.