Woman arrested after $40 million worth of counterfeit goods confiscated from Linny’s Boutique on LI
PLAINVIEW, Long Island (WABC) — Nassau County officials said Tuesday they arrested a woman and confiscated $40,000,000 worth of counterfeit goods.
Lindsay Castelli, 31, was arrested on October 7 for trademark infringement.
Police say they opened an investigation in April 2021 at the Linny’s store at 1032 Old Country Road.
They say Castelli was the sole owner of the store which contained thousands of counterfeit heat-sealed tags along with matching clothing and jewelry.
“A simple $10 sweatshirt, you put the Chanel brand on it, it sells for $5,300,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.
During a search warrant on October 4, detectives found 22 printing presses and various counterfeit items labeled from Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Dior, Ugg and Louis Vuitton.
They say the combined value was over $40,000,000 and the items were shipped anywhere in the United States.
Authorities say what makes this case worse is that the items weren’t even presented as fabulous forgeries. And in a county where there are physical stores for Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, it also violates them because they invest a lot of money and pay their taxes.
His former clients said they were disgusted.
“Totally betrayed, you expect to buy as advertised and buy quality,” said customer Carole Rutkovsky.
Castelli turned herself in to Nassau County Asset Forfeiture Detectives on October 7. She was released on an appearance ticket and ordered to appear in court on November 2.
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