Police Arrest 5 in Long Island Counterfeit-Goods Sting

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (AP) -

A sting conducted by federal and local law enforcement on Long Island resulted in five arrests and the seizure of more than $1.5 million worth of counterfeit goods.

Police say the bogus designer items were sold at hair salons, one suspect’s Nassau County home and out of the back of another suspect’s sport utility vehicle.

The arrests and seizures were the culmination of a two-month investigation into Long Island’s black market.

Police on Tuesday arrested 53-year-old Fern Ciraolo, 74-year-old Jack Huzarsky, 49-year-old Alyssa Reichel and 31-year-old Elsa Bonilla in connection with the counterfeit ring.

Attorneys for the suspects either declined to comment or didn’t return requests seeking comment.

Nassau County prosecutors say counterfeiting costs American businesses more than $250 billion annually.