Lakewood man arrested after linked to $1.6 million counterfeit shirt scheme
LAKEWOOD, NJ, July 27, 2011 – As a result of our investigation on behalf of brand owner, Ralph Lauren Corp., detectives of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office (OCPO) arrested Steven Binder and seized over 13,000 counterfeit Polo Ralph Lauren polo shirts. The investigation started from a posting on LinkedIn, and proven efforts led us to Binder’s warehouse in Lakewood where he was preparing the goods for shipment to his customers. When the investigation took us to Ocean County, we contacted the Prosecutor’s Office to determine if they would be interested in prosecuting the case and executing an arrest and seizure. We worked with the OCPO to ensure they had the evidence needed to support their action, and coordinated the meeting with Binder at the warehouse to ultimately seize the goods.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office released details to the local newspaper on the successful action. Read the story as it appeared on APP.com here.