Washington, D.C. - An owner of a local merchandise business has pled guilty to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement following earlier raids of warehouses linking him and others to the sale of an assortment of counterfeit goods in the District of Columbia, U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein announced today.
Hanxiong Zhuang, 46, of Maryland, pled guilty yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to a one-count information charging conspiracy to commit copyright infringement on August 10, 2006. When sentenced, Zhuang faces up to five years of imprisonment. Sentencing for Zhuang is scheduled for November 2, 2006, before the Honorable Ellen S. Huvelle.
This is the fourth federal guilty plea in this investigation after search warrants were executed on November 10, 2005, at multiple locations linked to the sale of counterfeit goods, including luxury handbags and wallets, movies, sound recordings and sports jerseys in the largest crackdown to date on counterfeit goods in the District of Columbia.
Four different businesses, YY Enterprises, Inc., located at 1225 4th Street, NE, Washington, D.C., Wazir Marble and General Merchandise, located at 1329 4th Street, NE, Washington, D.C., ANA Wholesale, also known as Lai Wholesale Gifts, located at 1335 4th Street, NE, Washington, D.C., and Unlimited Inc., located at 1345-A 4th Street, NE, Washington, D.C., were searched. Today’s guilty plea involved the owner of Lai Wholesale Gifts.
In announcing the guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Wainstein commended the Metropolitan Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. In addition, he praised Legal Assistants Lisa Robinson and Teesha Tobias, and Thomas Royal from the Litigation Support Unit. Finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney John Carlin in the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Trial Attorney Corbin Weiss of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Justice Department's Criminal Division.