Big bucks bust in counterfeit caps

Aug. 8, 2003 at 1:34 PM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- New York police have arrested two New Jersey men found in a $1.5 million Yankee baseball cap counterfeiting ring.

The New York Post said Friday there was local outrage the alleged operation was based in the so-called (Bronx) Bombers' own back yard.

Police first went to the warehouse July 30 with a warrant to seize a logo embroidery sewing machine that had been reported stolen.

But, while inspecting the premises, officers not only found the embroidery machine but hundreds of red, yellow and gray Yankee logo caps in various stages of completion -- hats that had not been authorized by Major League Baseball.

Unable to produce a permit, warehouse owners Sung Sil Park, 49, and Sung Joh, 45, were arrested on the spot. They were charged with multiple trademark counterfeiting counts.

Licensing industry experts estimate the Bronx counterfeit operation cost Major League Baseball more than $5 million in lost sales.

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