Deaf NASA Employee Charged with Trafficking of Counterfeit Goods

February 22, 2017

 

Last month a Deaf person from Washington, D.C. — Arthur Chan (31) — pled guilty to a federal charge of trafficking in counterfeit (fake) goods. He sold clothes and accessories on eBay that looked like brand-name clothes/accessories. 

 

The Dept. of Justice posted a release that said from 2013 to 2016, he imported items from India that looked identical to Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, or Fred Perry items. He used a mailbox at a UPS store in Lanham and at his personal residence in D.C. to receive the items. He made around 610 sales of those fake items and earned $37,246. 

 

During the investigation, law enforcement seized over 150 different fake brand-name accessories and items, including fake brand-name packaging. 

 

Several organizations worked together to investigate Arthur — a U.S. Attorney, ICE, Homeland Security, the NASA Office of Inspector General, and the real Hugo Boss company — based in Germany — contributed.

 

According to the release, Arthur worked as a resources analyst at the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD — which is why the NASA was involved in this investigation. He is expected to be sentenced on May 9, 2017 and faces a likely range of 10 to 16 months in prison, a fine up to $55,000, and will have to pay back the $37,246 he earned. 

 

DOJ Press Release: http://bit.ly/2lLXzEj

NASA OIG Release: http://go.nasa.gov/2kMFg1X

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