- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New York man who tried to distribute more than $2.5 million of counterfeit boots shipped to a New Jersey port has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

Shi Wei Zheng had pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods. The 42-year-old Staten Island man received a 30-month sentence Tuesday.

Prosecutors say that from September 2016 through February 2017, Zheng got certain shipping container numbers from a person overseas that identified at least three containers containing counterfeit UGG boots. Cheng asked some Port of Newark workers to remove the containers before federal customs staffers could inspect them.

Once the containers were removed, Zheng directed they be delivered to others working for him. They would then distribute the boots in New Jersey and elsewhere.

But authorities intercepted the containers before Zheng could distribute the goods.

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