Woman arrested in $40M counterfeit operation in Long Island boutique

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022
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Officials in Nassau County announced on Tuesday they arrested a woman and confiscated $40,000,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise. Stacy Sager has the story.

PLAINVIEW, Long Island (WABC) -- Officials in Nassau County announced on Tuesday they arrested a woman and confiscated $40,000,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise.

Lindsay Castelli, 31, was arrested Oct. 7 on a charge of trademark counterfeiting.

Police says they opened an investigation in April 2021 at Linny's Boutique at 1032 Old Country Road.

They say Castelli was the sole owner of the store that contained thousands of fake heat-sealed counterfeit labels along with assorted clothing and jewelry.

"A simple $10 sweatshirt, you put the Chanel brand on it, it sells for $5,300," said Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.

During a search warrant on Oct. 4, detectives found 22 printing press machines 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 being shipped all over the United States.

Authorities say what makes this case worse is that the items weren't even billed as fabulous fakes. And in a county where there are brick and mortar stores for Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, it also violates them because they invest a lot of money and pay their taxes.

Her prior customers said they were disgusted.

"Totally betrayed, you go in expecting that you're buying as advertised, and that you're buying quality," said shopper Carole Rutkovsky.

Castelli surrendered to Nassau County Asset Forfeiture detectives on Oct. 7. She was released on a desk appearance ticket and ordered to appear in court on Nov. 2.

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