Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced Tuesday a man from Staten Island, New York pleaded guilty to distributing counterfeit “UGG” boots shipped to the Port of Newark.
Forty-two-year-old Shi Wei Zheng admitted to receiving about numbers for shipping containers that contained the counterfeit merchandise from September 2016 to February 2017. Zheng requested workers at the Port of Newark to remove the containers before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspected them. He then directed for them to be delivered to people who were working for him. The boots were then distributed to New Jersey.
Law enforcement was able to intercept the containers before Zheng and discovered the counterfeit goods. It was later determined that Zheng trafficked more than 15,000 pairs of counterfeit UGG boots valued over $2.5 million. He spent $50,000 to have the containers delivered to specific locations.
Zheng faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a $2 million fine. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 23, 2018.