BUSINESS OWNER ARRESTED FOLLOWING UNLICENSED SPORTS MERCHANDISE BUST
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
—An owner of an Elk Grove Village business has been charged with multiple felony counts after Cook County Sheriff’s Police and the Department of Homeland Security found unlicensed merchandise featuring the logos of the Chicago Blackhawks and other sports teams, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.
On June 9, investigators with the Sheriff’s Police Special Operations and special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a search warrant at Max International Trading Corp., located in the 1500 block of South Elmhurst Road. The search warrant was the result of the two agencies’ joint investigation, which began after the National Hockey League contacted HSI regarding the business selling unauthorized merchandise.
At the location, investigators found more than 130,000 glass inserts used in lampshades featuring counterfeit team logos from the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League and the Collegiate Licensing Company.
Several thousand of the glass inserts displayed counterfeit Chicago Blackhawks logos.
Investigators learned that the owner of the business copied the sports logos and then sent the logos to China to have the logos affixed on the glass inserts.
The owner, Jeff Huang, 61, of Mount Prospect, was arrested and has been charged with five counts of unauthorized use of a trademark, a class 1 felony. He was ordered on electronic monitoring during his bond hearing today at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse.
Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.