A 47-year-old man from South Toms River has been charged with selling counterfeit branded goods, authorities said.
Rasheem Paige has also been charged with weapons offenses, according to Ocean County District Attorney Bradley D. Billhimer and South Toms River Police Chief William Kosh.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Squad, the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations Division and the South Toms River Police Department.
The investigation revealed that while operating a storefront located on Dover Road in South Toms River, Paige was selling counterfeit products claiming to be brands of Louis Vuitton, Versace, Nike, Polo, Gucci, North Face, Fendi and Coach .
On Tuesday, August 23, the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Squad, Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security Investigations Department, and South Toms River Police Department executed an authorized search warrant. by the court at the South Toms River business site. As a result, detectives seized over 600 counterfeit items, a pellet handgun and a super-fast folding knife.
Paige was arrested at the location of the business and served the charges by summons pending an upcoming first appearance in Ocean County Superior Court.
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