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Not guilty plea for brothers who ran counterfeit beauty and health ring on LI

ChapStick was one of the counterfeit health and beauty items uncovered in the Long Island ring.

Accused of running a counterfeit beauty and health operation on Long Island, brothers Hamant Mullick and Pardeep Malik were indicted on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to counterfeiting charges. According to Newsday and the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, authorities must investigate further to determine if consumers were harmed from the use of the phony health and beauty products distributed throughout Long Island and beyond.

Both brothers, Hamant, 60, of Franklin Square and Pardeep, 59, of Plainview, pleaded not guilty to first-degree trademark counterfeiting on Thursday after their arrest earlier in March. The counterfeit beauty and health ring allegedly raked in over $2 million in forged products labeled as Johnson’s Baby Oil, Always Sanitary Napkins, ChapStick, Vaseline, Vicks VaporRub, cold medicines and more. Samples of the health and beauty items were sent to Proctor and Gamble, Johnson and Johnson, Unilever, and Pfizer to authenticate the products, which were later labeled as fraudulent.

The Valley Stream Fire Department discovered the health and beauty scam when volunteers responded to a fire in April of 2013, which was reported to the Nassau County Fire Marshals. The U.S Food and Drug Administration in conjunction with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents then raided five locations in Oceanside, Franklin Square, Freeport and Valley Stream that served as showrooms/storage facilities. Four tractor-trailers stocked with counterfeit health and beauty items were confiscated. The reach of the forged products extends beyond Long Island as samples have allegedly been found throughout New York State, in Pennsylvania and Florida.

The Nassau County District Attorney’s office asks if you suspect you have purchased and/or used any of the counterfeit health and beauty products to call 516-571-3505. Authorities are still in the process of testing what was seized to determine if they pose a health risk. The brothers are scheduled to return to court on April 4.

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