QA Press Release 8/31







INCIDENT:       Counterfeit Products Seizure/Arrest

DATE / TIME: 08/29/2012

LOCATION:     Crumpton, MD


ARRESTED:    Kim Bok Yong (60) of Villanova PA

CHARGES:     Counterfeit Trademark/$1000+ (2 Counts)


NARRATIVE:   Sheriff Gary Hofmann reports that on Aug. 29, 2012, the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff conducted a joint investigation of the sale of counterfeit products at an auction site with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).


Kim Bok Yong, age 60, of Villanova, PA was arrested after HSI Special Agents advised that they had knowledge of Yong selling counterfeit purses/handbags at a weekly auction in Crumpton MD. On Aug. 29, 2012 HSI Special Agents with detectives of the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Office of the Sheriff responded to Crumpton and observed Yong with a display of clothing, purses and handbags for sale.


The joint investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 52 suspected counterfeit purses and handbags as well as numerous labels, tags, tools and 47 unmarked purses/handbags used to manufacture counterfeit purses and handbags. The estimated value of the seized counterfeit items was $24,700.00, and the seized labels have an estimated MSRP value in excess of $150,000.00 when attached to items.


Yong was charged with two counts of Counterfeit Trademark goods valued in excess of $1000 for the attempted sale and manufacture of the counterfeit items. After being processed at the Sheriff’s Headquarters, Yong was taken before the District Court Commissioner who released him on his personal recognizance. The investigation resulted in the seizure of a 2006 GMC van as well.


INVESTIGATORS: Detective Eric Goodman & Homeland Security Investigators

ASSIST:              D/Cpl. Steve Stouffer & Dfc. George Sewell